Always ready to help those in need, Dr. Suzanna Lee and Dr. Trinh Lee spent part of their holidays giving back to people in Vietnam that are less fortunate.
Situated in Tra My, which is a rural district of Quang Nam Province in the South Central Coast of Vietnam, this past December 2017, Drs. Suzanna and Trinh Lee from the Allure Dental Center in Mountain View joined the International Medical Relief (IMR), a registered 501(c)(3) medical organization with NGO status based in the United States. IMR provides mobile medical clinics and sustainable health education to underserved communities in 40 countries around the world.
The team that traveled to Vietnam consisted of over 40 members who flew into the former Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Minh City, which is the largest city in the South Region of Vietnam. Once on the ground, the team took a sixty-minute flight to Da Nang, third on the list of the largest cities in the country.
Once the team arrived in Da Nang they took a five hour bus trip to get to the final destination in Tra My. As typical for December, it was a rainy day.
Tra My is nestled in the mountains and is a rural area. It is rare to find a paved road in Tra My. Although the drive to the clinic was tiresome, the scenery was well worth it as it was breath-taking!
Upon arrival at the makeshift clinic, the team prepared for the local people to come to the clinic, sign up and wait in line for medical or dental care. Some of the locals walked three hours from their homes to get to the clinic for free dental care.
After the dental care was complete, Drs. Suzanna and Trinh Lee visited Dieu Giac Temple, Giac An Temple and Ky Quang Temple in Ho Chi Minh City to donate toys and dental hygiene tools to the orphans. At Ky Quang Temple, the Drs. were told that quite a few of the disabled children and orphans were born with Agent Orange causing deformities. Agent Orange, a deadly chemical, was used during the war in Vietnam.
Dr. Suzanna Lee and Dr. Trinh Lee are grateful for the life changing opportunity to help people who are less fortunate from all over the world and would like to thank the International Medical Relief and the people of Vietnam.