PNG patients regain the use of their hands

Dusin has his hand checked by volunteer surgeon Dr Peter Moloney before surgery.

In March a small Interplast team visited our partner, the Modilon General Hospital, in Madang, PNG, working alongside Dr John Maihua, PNG’s only trained plastic surgeon. The following is an edited version of an article published in the Hospital newsletter after the visit.

“The Australian Interplast Team have left behind 14 grateful people who received surgical operations and can once again enjoy almost-near normal use of their hands.

Rebecca sustained her injury in 2015 when criminals slashed her left hand with a bushknife, leaving her hands powerless and rigid after the wound had healed.

With a grateful smile, she lifted her left hand and flexed her fingers, something she had never been able to do since the incident.

Sitting next to her was Rose. Her life changed for the worse in March 2016 when she fell from the steps of her house and broke a bone in her hand. Despite treatment, since then she has lived in perpetual pain until her operation in March. For the first time after a long time, Rose was able to sleep peacefully until daybreak.

 

Both women continued to express their thankfulness to God for sending the Interplast Team. They said they can’t wait to return home, cook and clean to take care of their homes and families.

Lee was slashed with a bushknife in 2016 and lost the use of his left hand. He smiled thankfully as the team worked on his tailor-made hand splint. He had a tendon transfer to his injured hand and now he can move his hand too.

Another grateful patient was Dusin, who lost the use of his right arm in 2013 after he was bitten by a pig. Today he is on the road to recovery and is looking forward to going back to work in his garden, fixing his house and looking after his family as he used to do.

This is only the beginning. Constant and continuous physiotherapy will enable the restoration and functionality of their hands.”

This article was published in the latest edition of our regular newsletter, Inside Interplast. You can read or download the whole newsletter here.

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