Spanish team visits Hebron hospital, Phnom Penh

November 2013
Spanish Team at Phnom Penh airport
Spanish Team at Phnom Penh airport

Hebron International Hospital, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Nov 24-30, 2013

Team members: Enrique Navarrete; Francesc Marsal, Pilar Concejo, Cristina Gonçalves, David Pares, Antonio Curado, Marina Infantes (surgeons) and Mar Felipe (anaesthetist).

On 23rd. November 2013 a group of seven surgeons and an anesthetist from different cities in Spain arrived at Barcelona Airport to fly to Phnom Penh the capital of Cambodia with Qatar Airways on an Operation Hernia Mission. Thanks to the efforts of our agent we were allowed a baggage weight of 23 kg. Without having to pay any additional fees . On November 24th. we arrived at Phnom Penh where we were met by Stephen Kim the coordinator of the Hebron Hospital who saw to our safety and comfort for the rest of the week. On the advice of  Prof. A. Kingsnorth and the previous group we had booked accommodation near the Hebron Hospital at the 9 Dragon Hotel. This allowed us to reduce the daily travel time to our workplace since the traffic in the city was very difficult .

The Spanish Team & staff Hebron hospital
The Spanish Team & staff Hebron hospital
The patients before surgery
The patients before surgery

We used the Sunday afternoon to sort out our surgical material in the operating area. Construction on the Hebron Hospital was begun in 2007 and currently there are three operating theatres  and 70 in-patient beds.

On Monday 25th. November we attended a religious ceremony together with members of the hospital before starting our work in the operating theatre. We carried out  4 days of surgical activity , as on November 29th. there were no patients ready to be operated on and during the web we performed 55 procedures on 48 patients of all ages. The fact that we had an  anesthetist in the group meant that we were also able to operate on young children.

Once we had finished our cooperation at the end of the week, we travelled to Siem Riap to visit the temples of the Angkor Wat World Heritage Site and then made a quick visit to the Batambang Prefecture to meet the Spanish Bishop there, Kike Figaredo. Hundreds of young people injured by landmines are cared for here and helped to recover.

Teaching surgery
Teaching surgery

The Spanish group have wonderful memories of Cambodia and its people and hope that new missions will be going to Hebron Hospital in the future in cooperation with Operation Hernia

Francesc Marsal