The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 28, 1968 · Page 48
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 48

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Thursday, November 28, 1968
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WwDisfigured Children Get Help The bulk, 'actually half the children brought here, are suf-lering from birth defects. NOTICE SAIGON (UTO C&Mrea with grotesque cleft lips, a boy with only half a nose left by a Viet Cong mortar, an 8 year old with shrapnel wounds through neck and month they smile and even laugh now la some of the coolest, cleanest rooms hi all Saigon. About 55 of these often hideously disfigured children have appeared on the doorstep of the newly opened Children's Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Center. They come from all over the city, from as far away as the Cambodian border, and the hospital has been operating less than three months. Many were brought In for the free treatment by Green Berets whose contact with the Vietnamese people is very close. Others came because Food at this children's hospital also is strictly supervised. It took a little explanation to enforce the rule, how-.ever, that rice and noodles .should not form the bulk of the diet or be served together at a meal. Equal parts of green vegetables, rice and meat are the order of the day. All the ordinary-enough rules of an American hospital are doubly necessary here. "Eight per cent of the children have infections when they come to us and we cannot operate at once," Dr. Rush said. "It takes a long time to get some of the cases ready." Orphans from the local orphanages are often in the worst shape. These institutions are severely overcrowded and run by the barest skeletons of staffs. Most babies arrive at the hospital suffering badly from malnutrition, and from a withdrawn- .ness tha!comes from a starvation diet of attention. On a walk through the airy wards, Dr. Rush extlned each patient's disfigurement and history. One little boy,, watched by his solemn mother, had only one eye and a layer of skin burnt off his body from waist to toes. A Viet Cong mortar had exploded inside his house. A quarter of the patients, like him, were victims of war. Another 25 per cent, like 10-year-old Nguyen Thi Bach, are brought in with burns and contractions. Several children had two portions of their arm or leg Joined by ugly webs of skin, leaving the limb Uselessthe result of badly dressed burns. "I have travelled all over this country", Dr. Barsky said,"and of the large num- -bers of burn cases I saw, napalm burns were a rarity." fha dressings, administer the medicines and feed the patients, it would not get done. Vet, with families sleeping . on straw mats around and in- aide the patients' beds, the fight against infection is often ' a losing one. Children at this center are bathed twice a day, causing some astonishment among the Vietnamese nurses. A description of how the average Vietnamese appendectomy is performed, makes it easier to understand their puzzlement. The patient sits outside the operating theater on a bench, waiting in his street clothes until called in. The doctcts then simply pull aside his clothes and perform the operation. The operation itself takes place with all the nor-. mal hygienic standards, but m when over, the clothes are ar- ranged back into place and the patient bundled out. : ?rv - ? ; -. , n 1 "i r 5'.- 'V '- v- " f CK "TIT 1 J j" " . SJ. . v ! t ' ft. 'I v - . ?f ; 5 - - A ? 1 ' K ' " 1 - . . ; lr t A . - .. - .j- ' . ' Jr r ''... I i" l " ; Mr. jJ. J. Hollenbeck Pioneer Palm Beach Artist for The Past. 60-Years-Mu8t Dispose of His Collection Of Fine Paintings - Which Include Floral-Landscape, Still Life, Religious. Exhibited At The Gallery 301 HISBISCUS AVE. PALM BEACH Jutt off Royal PalmWay Open From 9 to 5 Except Sundays the grapevine in Vietnam runs so strong, and news of this sort travels fast, especially among people- who have given up iiimnimmiiinimiiiitn hope. Parents with children whose cleft lips and palates condemned them to the shunned lives of the abnormal, knew they had little chance of ever : hi" ' L (Kite With A Fratnnre seeing a doctor. The latest census from the ' ... ' . Ministry of Health shows only i. ': v; 1,500 licensed Vietnamese phy Sears ff Fmhi Amid mmiowledge sicians are working in South Vietnam (3,000 are reported to be practicing m Paris). Of Vietnamese doctors available, 850 are in the armed forces, leaving 650 to attend the rest of the 17 million popu lation. About 70 per cent of the 650 work in the cities. The chances of a villager seeing a doctor outside a big city area are remote. But this temporary 30-bed center established by the Chil dren's Medical Relief Interna tional, and operating on a $2 Lw Jjt'ffSlS. ? million grant from the U.S, government, has already performed some 80 operations. Additional and better facul ties are coming. Dr. Arthur Barsky, professor of plastic surgery at New York City's Albert Einstein's College of Medicine, and one of the prin cipal authors of this program, is directing the completion of a permanent 48-brd unit in South Vietnam's largest civil- fan hospital. Also in Saigon, and almost ready, is another AP Wireptioio NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE - The National Christmas tree, a 74-foot spruce from the Unita National Forest in Utah, has been erected on the Washington Ellipse near the White House, shown in the background. The tree will be the central attraction of the annual Pageant of Peace during the Christmas 120-bed convalescent faculty. Meanwhile, with an interna tional staff of 15, a converted apartment house on a traffic choked Saigon side street gives the red and blue-paja-maed children all the care lavished on the wealthiest of pri nj Wlost Popular 5VTI JX . 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