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Canadian Medical Staff in Chongquing Plastic Surgery Clinic Humanitarian clinic evokes memories of Norman Bethune
Consul Shawn Steil meets with Canadian doctor and nurse Dr. Jonathan Hooper of Ottawa and nurse Liz Michel of Nepean, Ontario were part of the team of Interplast medical volunteers at a recent clinic in Chongqing which performed free operations for children afflicted by cleft lip. Their mission attracted around 80 poor families with children with cleft lips came to get help. To express their appreciation, kids who received operation voluntarily draw pictures, wrote thank-you-letters, and pasted them on the wall of the hospital's corridor. Canadian Consul Shawn Steil met with the Canadian doctor and nurse, and expressed sincere thanks for their kind work. Canadian Consulate in Chongqing also took advantage of their visit to having newspaper and magazine to interview them. Local media were greatly impressed by their humanitarianism, and published positive articles associating the current mission with Canadian medical legend Norman Bethune. Interplast is an international organization of medical professionals in the plastic surgey field who aim to bring medical services which are often associated with the rich and famous to disadvanted people around the world with real needs for such specialized services.
Excerpted from: Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada.