Hello, dear Hyosung blog family members. With the arrival of autumn, the winter grew colder. At times like this, we need to show our support and interest in our neighbors. Hyosung has run Smile Expedition, a medical volunteer group providing a free medical treatment in Vietnam since 2011. It is an overseas medical volunteer service that Hyosung has carried as part of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) project in partnership with the Korea Food For the Hungry International to help development of local community in where Hyosung overseas branch office is located. (http://blog.hyosung.com/1743)
Recently, Hyosung has invited a Vietnamese man named Dinh Minh Tam (18 years old) met through Smile Expedition to Korea for follow-up medical treatment. We first met him in 2013 when Hyosung Smile Expedition provided medical examination for 50 children in one orphanage.
Tam has been suffering from pain and disability from fracture injury which caused complications (ligament injury) that left big scar on his right arm after an unexpected accident during practical training at a vocational school in 2010. He even had to give up his studies.
Hyosung Smile Expedition delivered the result of medical checkup carried in Vietnam to Konkuk University Medical Center and sought medical advice. The hospital said that it would be possible to remove the scar, but more thorough examination is required to see whether muscles of arm can be restored. Hyosung decided to provide him with treatment and surgery, so that he could be fully recovered. According to Tam, he was very happy to hear the good news that his arm could get well through follow-up treatment in Korea.
Tam came to Korea in September 14 and headed to Konkuk University Medical Center the next day. He was admitted to the hospital and underwent thorough examination to see the change for his arm getting better. The result showed that more nerves and muscles were alive than expected and with the surgery, his arm could be recovered. After going through the examination in the plastic surgery department next to the rehabilitation medicine, Tam decided to have an operation on September 19 and signed the surgery consent form with the help of the Korea Food for the Hungry International.
At 10:30 a.m. on September 23, he was rolled into the operating room and went through the surgical operation, which was to unstitch the skin that was stitched after surgical removal and then stitch that part again. With the plastic surgery, he was able to stretch his arm again. Konkuk University Medical Center said that the surgical pin was left in his arm after the first surgery and because he could not get proper treatment afterwards, his arm was gradually distorting. He used to be right-handed, but after the accident, he had to do everything using his left hand and this caused a lot of troubles in his everyday life. Things could have gone bad, if the surgery was performed little more later.
Then, he went to the orthopedic office on October 13 and underwent the hand reconstruction surgery, which was to revive nerves and muscles, so that he could move his fingers again. Though things are still tough as he has to observe how his arm’s recovery progress, he expressed his gratitude towards Hyosung and Korean who gave him a chance of getting the surgery and rehabilitation.
He will have two weeks of convalescence and go back to Vietnam in late October. We hope that he goes back to his home with fully recovered arm. We will always pray for his recovery. Please, give him a cheer!