Humanitarian plastic surgery mission in Bangladesh with European Doctors completed
Action for Defenceless People Foundation of Hungary organized its fifth plastic surgery medical mission in Bangladesh in cooperation with Interplast Hungary and Interplast Germany.
As the medical leader of the Team, Greg Pataki MD, plastic surgeon from Hungary, said:
The main goal was to provide free reconstructive plastic surgical operations to improve the quality of life of the people in need in Bangladesh, who are suffering from face or extremity deformation, burn injuries, hand mutilation, or birth-defecs.
Dr. Pataki informed the media, that the Members of the European Team of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery consisted of two plastic surgeons and one anesthesiologist from Hungary, one plastic surgeon, one trainee surgeon, one anesthesiologist and one theatre nurse from Germany and one from Holland.
The specialist Team from Hungary and Germany was honored with a reception, with the participation of over 500 guests, where Health Minister Zahid Maleque and Prof. Dr. Sayed Modasser Ali, Health Advisor to the Prime Minister expressed the highest appreciation toward the doctors in the name of the Government of Bangladesh.
After 4 successful missions in Dhaka, the Hungarian Volunteer Plastic Surgery Team has arrived with a lot of surgical material, screened over 200 patients, performed over 140 operations by the end of this week. The main sites of the medical mission were the Department of Burns and Plastic Surgery of Dhaka Medical School and Banglabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University. Complex operations were also carried out upon patients with the participation of local surgeons to improve the existing skills. Also, lectures and trainings were given to the doctors and as well as the nurses for practical guidance.
The previous missions took place at the International Medical College, Tongi, Dhaka where Dr. Pataki and his Team have operated on a large number of patients from 2011 to 2014.
The joint Team is ready to continue their free operation camps in 2017 as well. As Dr. Pataki ephasized:
Our goal is to make an impact on the life of many suffering patients with the help of plastic surgery. We have experienced the highest level of cooperation and welcome from our colleagues here in Bangladesh and from the number of patients we operated. Their positive feedbacks show that our work has been effective, therefore we intend to continue our mission in 2017.
Saviours of burn victims
The Daily Star (13th April 2015)
“Interplast is an international non-profit association of plastic surgeons who provide free plastic and reconstructive surgery worldwide, for people who do not have access to the otherwise costly treatment.
Dhaka Medical School Burn Unit : Outside the OT area on the first floor of the institute, senior plastic surgeon Greg Pataki along with two other members of his team was seen discussing the cases of a few outdoor patients.
“We are providing training by giving presentations about our cases,” said Pataki, who represents Interplast Hungary.
“The doctors and residents are very well trained and perform a wide spectrum of plastic surgeries. But the number of burn cases and patients, who need special plastic surgery, is very high while the number of plastic surgeons in Bangladesh is very few,” said Pataki, who visited Bangladesh four times. Besides treatment, the foreign team is providing hands-on training to doctors of the institute.
Dr. Rahman, who worked with the team during surgery, said, “We saw application of some modern instruments which we had previously read about only in books and journals. We also learnt some advanced techniques,” he said.”