Thursday, April 04, 2019

4th mission to Cambodia Part 1

Alhamdulillah, the istiqamah is real. I went for my 4th trip (biannually planned since 2017) to Cambodia. I must congratulate Syariz for continuing to make this project ongoing. I am morethan happy to support for each and every project in the future. We are lucky that Muslim Care Malaysia are happy to support this cause too. 

It was sort of reunion for those who went in the first trip back in August 2017. Anis, Aida and Ku Puan came again this time (of course with Mohsin) and Dato Azmil - my counterpart from Prince Court who brought his son to join the project. There were a number of SAS alumnis who followed and it was an interesting crowd. I really do not understand why most of them with the first impression thought that i came from MCKK? Hmmm.. hahaha Kak Ros from Annur was back to and she brought her colleague. I brought Arif, my srub nurse from OT and we had a Kota Bharu surgeon to join us this time.
And as usual, our first part of the project was to perform hernia ops in children in Hospital Beyond Boundaries. I must say the area around the hospital has developed markedly that one cannot really see the HBB building anymore. Around the hospital are factories and new built houses. HBB looked a bit jaded - time to refurbish and refresh the hospital? Maybe next project :) 
In each visit there will always be a challenge. This time around we had issues with power supply! because of the current drought, the electricity supply from the hydroelectric dams were interrupted - hence the usage of genset for the power supply. We had our fair share of blackouts and having to decide on how to use the power effectively - minimal yet safe condition for surgery. 
The next was the GA machine. Mak ai.. we had few issues with leak and it was an experience to manage and decide when we could start or stop. It did not deter me and Azmil to continue with the op but of course with safety consideration high on the list! Had to do few McGyver tricks to run the cases safely! Haha 
Only those who've been to missions like this will know what it feels and how satisfied one would be after finishing the tasks. It was a worthwhile experience and nothing beats the feeling when seeing the kids going back home and their long journey home after the surgery :)