LFHC Saves Infant with Rare Chest-Fluid Affliction
Immediately after Airnoy Khamyai was born in early June, doctors noticed he was having difficulty breathing. LFHC staff drained fluid from the infant’s chest and soon determined that he was afflicted with congenital chylothorax, a rare life-threatening anomaly that causes a substance called chyle to accumulate in the chest.
Dr. Shaun O’Dell, a volunteer neonatologist from Utah, helped the LFHC staff provide the specialized care that Khamyai needed. The nutrition team offered recommendations about feeding the infant and the lab techs centrifuged his breast milk to separate and remove the fat from the milk to reduce chest fluid.
After a little more than a month of intensive care in the Neonatal Unit, Khamyai and his parents returned to their home.
Two LFHC Doctors Begin Pediatric Residency Program
Two LFHC doctors will begin training in the Pediatric Residency Program in Vientiane, having finished among the top candidates in a highly competitive, national selection process.
Dr. Bounloth Sordaluck (on right in photo) and Dr. Phoumy Manivong were awarded placements in the three-year program.
Dr. Sordaluck is from Sainyabuli Province and has been working at LFHC for nearly three years. Dr. Manivong is from Vientiane and has been working at LFHC for more than four years. Both said they are eager to gain knowledge and experience in pediatrics because LFHC is treating a growing number of children and handling more complicated medical cases.
LFHC has treated 56 laboratory-confirmed cases of dengue since August 1 and handled more than 70 cases in July.
This year’s dengue outbreak far exceeds last year’s outbreak of the mosquito-borne viral disease.
Symptoms typically begin three to 14 days after infection and may include high fever, vomiting, muscle and joint pain and skin rash.
Doctors examine children suspected of being afflicted with dengue, order basic blood tests and compile each patient’s medical history.
Many children suffering from dengue can be managed as outpatients. These patients often return to the Outpatient Department for repeat examinations and evaluations.
Some dengue patients are hospitalized and more closely monitored and given IV fluids.
Kudos to LFHC’s Top English Students
Congratulations to the Top Students in LFHC English classes during 2018-19 academic year!
The top performers were Nurse Khamxai Xongyikhangsuthpr, Nurse Siamphone Ounsavath, Operating Theatre Nurse Vandee Xiong, Dr. Bounma Sengmanee (Ly) and Pharmacist Thatsadalin Lapphavong (Linda).
As part of their continuous training to become better health-care professionals, LFHC staff participates in English classes at different competency levels with Ajan(teacher) Margaret Froude
Help Create the Pediatric Surgery Fund
Children stricken with cancer and heart maladies in northern Laos are dying because their families cannot afford the surgery that could save their lives.
LFHC has neither a staff oncologist nor a heart surgeon. Our doctors must refer children who need such specialists to hospitals in Vientiane or Bangkok. The parents of these children simply don’t have the money to pay for the expensive surgeries at these hospitals. They often return home and their children die.
Tiger Trail, a tour agency in Luang Prabang specializing in biking tours, is offering cyclists packages that promise participants adventure and the opportunity to support Lao Friends Hospital for Children.