German doctors conduct free surgeries in Pangasinan

March 18, 2015 6:03 am 

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, March 17 — A non-profit medical organization, Interplast Germany, recently conducted a medical mission that offered free-of-charge surgical operation to 63 patients at the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital (PPH) in Bolingit, San Carlos City.

The surgical mission, which served indigent patients from various towns and cities of the province, was held in partnership with the provincial government through the Provincial Health Office (PHO).

Screening of the patients was done a week prior to the 11-day surgical mission.

Dr. Med Christian Loehlein, head of the Interplast Germany, said surgeries conducted at the PPH surgical room included palatoplasty (cleft lip and cleft palate surgery), hernioplasty, throidectomy, tonsillectomy and hemithroidectomy. Other types of surgical cases were also performed, said Loehle.

Operations were performed by surgeons Tomas Mueller, Lei Li, Eva Godewehr and anesthesiologists Sven Berges and Loehlein.

Governor Amado Espino Jr. expressed the gratitude of the province to the German medical group, which has been providing surgical services to Pangasinenses for almost 20 years now.

Marie Ambat, a 48-year-old mother of two from Cabilaoan, Laoac who underwent cholecystectomy (removal of gallstone) thanked Interplast Germany for giving her free surgery.

The teary-eyed Ambat admitted that if not for the surgical mission, she would still be suffering from cholelithiasis (presence of gall stone in gall bladder). “

She also thanked Gov. Espino for the medical mission that helped poor Pangasinenses.

Meanwhile, Cristina Palaganas Bustillo, a resident of Tebeng, Dagupan City, thanked the German doctors and hospital personnel of PPH for carefully attending to the medical needs of her daughter, Criscila, a 10-year-old who underwent palatoplasty (surgical procedure to correct or reconstruct the palate).

The patients of the recent surgical mission may avail of free follow-up check up, consultation and medicines at the hospitals that are owned and managed by the provincial government.

A series of medical missions by various local and international medical organizations in partnership with the provincial government has been set by the Provincial Health Office (PHO) on the first quarter of the year to cater to the medical needs of indigent Pangasinenses. (PNA)



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