Hospital Sees Uptick in Caseload
More than 2,230 children received medical treatment in July at Lao Friends Hospital for Children, much more than twice the caseload seen in April when travel and other restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 had their greatest impact.
Outpatients and Emergency Room patients accounted for most of the caseload increase.
Seventy-one infants were admitted to the Neonatal Unit in July, a slight increase from the 62 admissions in July 2019.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Laos has reported 22 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. More than 35,500 suspected cases have been tested.
Surgeons Mend Boy Severely Injured in Fall from Tree
Sengdao enjoys climbing trees to gather ripened mangos. But he recently slipped while reaching for a mango and was critically injured in a fall.
Several hours after the accident, Sengdao arrived at LFHC where a medical team quickly performed blood work, ultrasound imaging and X-rays. The diagnostic tests showed that the boy had sustained fractures to both arms and his right femur.
Surgeons repaired the fractures and Sengdao required many visits to the operating room for dressing changes. He also worked with the hospital’s physiotherapist to enhance his recovery.
Although his rehabilitation has been long, Sengdao continues to make progress. He has been discharged from the hospital and is expected to do very well!
Dengue Cases Soar in Laos
The number of dengue cases in Laos has exceeded 4,700 since January and nine people have died from the mosquito-borne disease, according to a report from the Lao Ministry of Health.
At LFHC, 23 children have tested positive for dengue (81 dengue tests have been performed). Lao health officials reported in early August that 235 cases of dengue had been diagnosed in Luang Prabang province.
Lao health authorities have urged people to clear potential mosquito breeding sites around their homes and workplaces to help control the spread of the disease.
Dengue is endemic in Laos. Peak transmission occurs during warmer and wetter months, usually from May to October.
The infection is characterized by flu-like symptoms, which include a sudden high fever, pain behind the eyes, muscle, joint, and bone pain, severe headache, and a skin rash with red spots. The symptoms can be treated, but there is no antiviral treatment available.
LFHC Saves Infant Born with Gastroschisis
An infant born in late May at a district hospital was rushed to LFHC with a severe form of gastroschisis, a malformation in which the baby’s intestines grow outside the body.
The hospital staff noted that in addition to the intestines, the infant’s liver, stomach and bladder were also exposed. An Emergency Room team quickly stabilized the baby, Airnoy Jame, and administered IV fluids and antibiotics.
After surgery and four weeks of intensive treatment, Airnoy Jame’s mother was finally able to cradle her son in her arms.
Reminder: Save the Date!
Plans are progressing for Friends Without A Border’s first International Virtual Run for Children, which will be held during the weekend of October 16-18. So please mark your calendars!
For the past several years, the Luang Prabang Half Marathon has been an important fundraiser for our hospital. Thousands of runners have participated over the years. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of this year’s half marathon, as well as all of our live fundraising events.
As a result, we are launching a virtual event, which basically allows you to race in your own space. Participants will run, walk or bicycle in their own neighborhoods, local parks and trails. You can race solo or as a team of family and friends.
Details about how to register and more information about the race will be forthcoming. All proceeds will benefit Lao Friends Hospital for Children.
The hospital is seeking a Director of Nursing. This is a salaried position. Additional information and how to apply can be found here.