Spanish Team at Phnom Penh airport

Hebron International Hospital, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Nov 24-30, 2013

Spanish Team at Phnom Penh airport

Spanish Team at Phnom Penh airport

Team members: Enrique Navarrete; Francesc Marsal, Pilar Concejo, Cristina Gonçalves, David Pares, Antonio Curado, Marina Infantes (surgeons) and Mar Felipe (anaesthetist).

On 23rd. November 2013 a group of seven surgeons and an anesthetist from different cities in Spain arrived at Barcelona Airport to fly to Phnom Penh the capital of Cambodia with Qatar Airways on an Operation Hernia Mission. Thanks to the efforts of our agent we were allowed a baggage weight of 23 kg. Without having to pay any additional fees . On November 24th. we arrived at Phnom Penh where we were met by Stephen Kim the coordinator of the Hebron Hospital who saw to our safety and comfort for the rest of the week. On the advice of Prof. A. Kingsnorth and the previous group we had booked accommodation near the Hebron Hospital at the 9 Dragon Hotel. This allowed us to reduce the daily travel time to our workplace since the traffic in the city was very difficult.

The Spanish Team & staff Hebron hospital

The Spanish Team & staff Hebron hospital

The patients before surgery

The patients before surgery

We used the Sunday afternoon to sort out our surgical material in the operating area. Construction on the Hebron Hospital was begun in 2007 and currently there are three operating theatres and 70 in-patient beds.

On Monday 25th. November we attended a religious ceremony together with members of the hospital before starting our work in the operating theatre. We carried out 4 days of surgical activity , as on November 29th. there were no patients ready to be operated on and during the web we performed 55 procedures on 48 patients of all ages. The fact that we had an anesthetist in the group meant that we were also able to operate on young children.

Once we had finished our cooperation at the end of the week, we travelled to Siem Riap to visit the temples of the Angkor Wat World Heritage Site and then made a quick visit to the Batambang Prefecture to meet the Spanish Bishop there, Kike Figaredo. Hundreds of young people injured by landmines are cared for here and helped to recover.

Teaching surgery

Teaching surgery

The Spanish group have wonderful memories of Cambodia and its people and hope that new missions will be going to Hebron Hospital in the future in cooperation with Operation Hernia

Francesc Marsal

Welcome at the gates

Welcome at the gates

Welcome at the gates

Report by Francesc Marsal: St Vincent’s Hospital, Aliade. Nigeria. Spanish Team

Last 26th November 2011 we left from Barcelona airport to our destination in Nigeria.

The whole team met up at Heathrow Airport. We took 14 boxes each weighing 23 kilos. The boxes contained surgical material and presents for the local people. In Barcelona, British Airways helped us a lot with the customs issues and didn’t charge any extra weight.

We arrived at Abuja International Airport at 05:35 on the 27th where Dr Austin Ella was waiting for us. The procedure through customs was long but fairly agile. We then loaded the boxes and our luggage into a Toyota pick-up and a mini-bus and set off. After a 6-hour trip with many police controls, we arrived safety at St Vincent´s Hospital in Aliade.

Waiting

Waiting

2 tables operating

2 tables operating

We were received by the local team, headed by Peter. We met the Sisters of Nativity (Sister Helen and Sister Rose) and we were welcomed by the performance of a welcome tribal dance by the local residents. That afternoon the team set to work to prepare the theatres for the operations the next day.

We had brought new bulbs for the theatre lamps and two new boxes of surgical material for hernia repair. We had also brought a two new pulse oximeter which they didn’t have. We started to operate at 07:00 every morning after a good breakfast prepared by Sister Rose.

For 5 days the Spanish team of 5 surgeons and 2 nurses, together with the local team operated on 78 patients with 110 procedures.

Spanish Team and our hosts

Spanish Team and our hosts

The results were very satisfactory and for the first time ever we used “mosquito mesh” (59 cases). Friday was the hardest day when we operated on 24 patients. In all we experienced complex cases (14 bilateral hernia) and 9 large hydrocele. We used loco-regional anaesthesia in 57 cases, and the rest cases with local anaesthesia.

When we lefts Aliade on 3th December we felt very satisfied with our work and the friends we had made.

The team members were: Enrique Navarrete, Maria del Pilar Consejo, Juan Manuel Moreno, Francesc Marsal, Riverola Aso, Blanco Rodriguez, Arantave Caravaca, Candeal Haro.