October Newsletter: Mone’s Recovery!

Patient Update: Mone’s Recovery!  

   When a little girl name Mone arrived at Lao Friends Hospital for Children a few years ago, she was feverish, extremely weak and unable to eat.

   Her chances for survival were slim, but our dedicated doctors and nurses designed an aggressive treatment to help the child. Her story was documented in a video, which can be seen here.

   Today, she walks to school and helps with household chores. She even ran in the 2019 Luang Prabang Half Marathon!

   Read more here.

Continuing Education: Thalassemia Treatment

   The hospital’s Thalassemia Clinic continues to grow and now cares for more than 345 children. The clinic conducts two sessions every week.

   The hospital recently held a training session on the care and treatment of thalassemia, an inherited blood disorder. The training included a discussion on how the laboratory can assist with diagnosing the disease and an examination of treatment options used at LFHC.

   Children with thalassemia have less oxygen-carrying protein (hemoglobin) and fewer red blood cells. Symptoms include paleness, weakness and slow growth. The condition can lead to anemia and have debilitating effects.

   The clinic offers specialized blood testing, an optimized blood transfusion regime, a chelation (iron removal) program and education for the parents of our patients.

Novice Monk Treated for Brain Affliction

   The family of 14-year-old Porm Vannsith, a novice Buddhist monk, rushed him to the LFHC Emergency Room after he suffered seizures and could not move or speak.

   Doctors initially thought the teenager might have experienced damage to his brain, so they ordered a CT scan. The scan showed lesions in two areas of the brain.

   The doctors surmised that the lesions could have been caused by either an abscess or neurocysticercosis (a parasitic infection caused by a pork tapeworm).

   Doctors treated the youth for both conditions. After a month of treatment, Porm recovered nicely and was discharged from the hospital.

Former Volunteers Continue to Contribute

   Ex-pat volunteers and managers have been indispensible to LFHC’s role as a teaching hospital. Often, these healthcare professionals continue to actively support the hospital after they’ve left.

   Two former members of LFHC’s medical team recently made donations to the hospital — money tied to honors they received.

   Heather Harper was named 2020 Locum Heroes Award Winner by Barton Associates for her work at LFHC. She has donated her $2,500 award fund to the hospital. Barton Associates is a healthcare-staffing agency based in Massachusetts.

   Matt Evans, former Director of Nursing at LFHC, donated his prize money to the hospital after winning the Reflections in Global Health Essay Contest sponsored by the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.

   Kudos to both and many thanks for your generosity!

Girl Recovers from Dengue Complications

   Five-year-old Amina Wang was quite feverish when her parents took her to the Nambak Dsitrict Hospital. After eight days of fever, she developed breathing difficulties and doctors there transferred her to LFHC.

   When Amina arrived at our Emergency Room, doctors immediately ordered blood tests, a chest X-ray and ultrasound imaging. The tests enabled the LFHC team to conclude that she was suffering from dengue fever with complications, including toxicity to paracetamol, a common pain killer.

   Careful management and appropriate medication were provided. After 10 days, Amina was well enough to go home.


The hospital is seeking a Nurse Educator and a Director of Development/Public RelationsThese are salaried positions. Additional information and how to apply can be found here.