Dr. Hien Thi Nguyen knew the rural poor of her country needed the medical services ReSurge provides. For nearly 21 years, she has worked with ReSurge, focusing medical services in the remote provinces where they are needed most, restoring hope to those without it and eventually making Vietnam one of ReSurge’s largest programs.
More than 6,000 Vietnamese children have received 8,000 life-changing surgeries from 1,000 ReSurge volunteers on 83 trips. Dr. Nguyen is the key person behind these impressive numbers. Simply put, ReSurge’s Vietnam program would not be possible without her tireless efforts.
“Dr. Hien,” as she is affectionately called, is our volunteer leader and partner in Vietnam—acting as a one-woman advance team, translator, facilitator, and expert pediatric anesthesiologist and educator. She also has volunteered her medical expertise on six ReSurge medical trips as the team’s anesthesiologist, on trips to China, Ecuador, India, Peru and most recently, Mali.
In recognition of her ongoing and outstanding dedication to the poor of her country, ReSurge recognized Dr. Nguyen with the Donald R. Laub Humanitarian Award at our fourth annual Transformations Gala.