Programme gives free genital reconstruction surgery to 230 children

Illustrative photo (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Doctors from the US and Italy have provided free genital
regeneration operations for 230 Vietnamese children, and given free consultation
and check-ups to 800 other patients since August 2011 under a programme
entitled “Thien Nhan and Friends”

The information was released at an event in Hanoi on June 15 held by Kim Dong
Publishing House and the programme, which was
launched six years ago by the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation.

On the occasion, the publishing house introduced the book “Journey of love, diary
of Thien Nhan”, which notes difficulties in the journey to reconstruct genitals
for Phung Thien Nhan, a young boy with genital
problems whose story of overcoming a difficult past after being abandoned by
his natural mother and attacked by wild animals inspired the whole nation. 

The publishing house’s editor-in chief Vu Thi Quynh Lien said all money collected
from selling the book will be provided for the programme, supporting genital regeneration surgery for kids with genital defects.

Since 2011, the “Thien Nhan and Friends” programme has coordinated
with many hospitals in Vietnam in conducting genital examinations and
reconstruction operations for poor Vietnamese children suffering from severe
genital birth defects or loss of genitals from accidents twice a year.

In the framework of the programme, Vietnamese
pediatric urologists will attend a workshop in Italy in October this year to
learn experience from their Italian colleagues in the field.

The programme was inspired by Thien Nhan, an infant discarded at birth and left
to die in a jungle. He suffered total loss of genitals and loss of one leg from
a brutal mauling by wild animals. He has since been adopted by journalist Tran
Mai Anh and lives happily with his new family in Hanoi. He is the official
Goodwill Ambassador.-VNA

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