The Mission Impossible

You may have the experience that your dominant hand is occupied or injured and you have to use the other hand which may cause you lots of inconvenience. It may take you double time to do the things which usually take you second. Can you imagine a surgeon have to do the operation with his less preferred hand?

Dr. Uy comes from the Odonto-Maxillo-Facial Hospital, Vietnam. He was born left-handed. After entering this field, he realized that he had to use his right hand, otherwise it would be painful for him. “Almost all the instruments in the operating room are designed for the right-handed medical staff, and nearly my teachers are right-handed. Sometimes I wanted to give up, but I always encouraged myself, ‘I want to be a surgeon.’ So I often cut myself and leave scars on my hands everywhere." Uy shared with us that when he first started learning to use his right hand to operate , he was frequently injured by suture needles and scalpel blades. After countless practices, “I can now use my both hand to do the surgical procedures.”

Dr. Uy(1st on the right) with his team in Vietnam

Dr. Uy described himself as an active learning person. "I read a lot of news, journal articles, research reports on craniofacial treatment, especially the research published by the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan attracts me the most. Several seniors in the hospital I work in Vietnam were fellows of the the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital also, and I witnessed the results. I want to be a top surgeon as they do in the future.”

Dr. Uy said that after the training in Taiwan, he totally changed inside and out. "Not only did my professional skills improve, but my social skills also improved." Dr. Uy shared that he can now handle cases which he considered difficult more easily. "After six months of training, I believe I can do better!"

The improvement of social skills is an unexpected gain of Dr. Uy. "I am introverted and shy. Also, I had to cope with language difficulties when I was in Taiwan, it was not easy for me in the first few weeks. But now I can talk to strangers without feeling awkward.” Dr. Uy hopes that there will be more cross-cultural experiences in the future, "For me, every journey has its lesson".

Dr. Uy(1st on the left) with other international fellows in the CGMH

Apart from doing research, Dr. Uy loves to take time experiencing different aspects of Taiwan. "Taiwan is a beautiful country. For me who loves climbing, I think Taiwan is very beautiful. I also loved the night markets and Taiwanese food. If you want to experience REAL Taiwan, go to night markets!”

End of our interview, we can see that Dr. Uy’s care about patients in Vietnam. “ There are too many craniofacial patients in Vietnam waiting for treatment.” Dr. Uy wishes he can put everything he learned into his work as much as possible. Also, he hopes to connect other surgeons in Vietnam to share and transfer craniofacial treatment, knowledge and experience, and benefit more Vietnamese craniofacial patients.

In order to help more Vietnamese patients with cleft lip and palate receive more  information on cleft lip and palate, the NCF has set up a Facebook page in Vietnamese. You are welcome to share the information on this FB page with your Vietnamese friends.

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