Canadian Medical Staff in Chongquing
Plastic Surgery Clinic Humanitarian clinic evokes memories of Norman
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.