LFHC has welcomed its first Inpatient, a 9-year old Hmong girl named Yong Wa. One of 21 children, she came to the hospital from a small village in Chompet District, just across the Mekong River from Luang Prabang town. Her father brought her in with complaints of a high fever and dehydration, and she was eventually diagnosed with severe typhoid by LFHC’s staff. During her 5-night stay, she received fluids for dehydration, IV antibiotics, guidance on improved personal hygiene practices, and compassionate care from the Lao nursing team before being discharged and sent home to her family.
The opening of the Inpatient Department is an exciting time for us as we continue to grow and expand our services to better reach the children of Laos. We are now focusing our efforts and are on-schedule to open the Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Room, and Surgical Ward by the end of 2015. In only 6 months of operation, over 7,000 children have already been treated!