Seeing. The future.

Dr. Harvey completes his 5th Vietnam Mission Trip

Dr. Thomas Harvey recently completed another mission trip to Vietnam. We asked him some questions to learn more about his visit.

True or False: You went to Vietnam for vacation.

“FALSE… but a person should. It is a place with magical beauty, amazing history, incredible food, friendly people, clean beaches, and it is very inexpensive.”

True or False: This was your first visit to Vietnam.

“FALSE, this trip was my fifth mission trip to Vietnam. It was our first time in The Highlands (near Laos), however. My good friend, Dr. Hai, has a new clinic that he has started there. “

True or False: You performed eye surgery.

“ TRUE. With the help of the two host surgeons, Drs. Hai and Cung, we performed over 100 surgeries in four days. Sadly, there were many patients that had to be turned away due to our limited resources.”

“We performed over 100 surgeries in four days.”

Dr. Harvey and his team scrubbed up and ready to operate

The Highlands (near Laos)

Dr. Harvey delivers eye products and supplies

The Highlands (near Laos)

True or False: You speak fluent Vietnamese.

“TRUE… if you need me to say, “draft beer!” That is, “bia hoi,” which incidentally can be purchased there for less than a quarter. If you need me to say anything else, I will just use Google Translate. So, no, I am really not fluent in Vietnamese.”

True or False: You trained other eye care professionals on various treatments.

“TRUE. I spend a lot of the mission time lecturing both informally and formally. This year, I gave two talks at the medical school. These young doctors are like sponges, drinking up all the eyeball information! We also share surgical videos, perform telemedicine, and sponsor doctors to come to our meetings in the US. Come join Dr. Hai and me for some pho (Vietnamese soup) when he is here this Spring!”

“These young doctors are like sponges, drinking up all the eyeball information!”

Dr. Harvey gives a slit lamp examination to a patient

The Highlands (near Laos)

True or False: You donated medical equipment and eye care products to the Vietnamese communities.

“TRUE. Courtesy of Al Van Dong (Tennis Pro at Eau Claire Golf and Country Club), we were able to donate a brand new defibrillator to the University’s Acute Care Program. They were ecstatic! Future directions will be to not only support ophthalmology and emergency medicine, but also orthopedics and ENT.”

Thank you, Dr. Harvey for your outreach and kindness to the people of Vietnam!

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