2007-2008: Minh Tri from Vietnam Receives Medical Treatment for Dysfunctional Bowel

Brave little Minh Tri , age 10, left his father, mother and brother in Vietnam and journeyed to the United States to seek medical treatment for a dysfunctional bowel.  He was diagnosed with Hirshsprung’s disease at an early age and had already endured 12 operations in Vietnam. Unfortunately, he was left with a colostomy due to his intestines being severely damaged. During his 10 month stay in the United States, Minh Tri was cared for by Dr. Enrique Grisoni and Banner Desert Hospital in Mesa.  After his discharge, Minh Tri was recognized by Children’s Wish Network and received a “Hero of the Month” award and party at Banner Desert.   Minh Tri returned to Vietnam in August 2008.  Arrangements are underway to have one final surgery scheduled in Vietnam to reverse Minh Tri’s colostomy now that his intestines have been repaired and are well healed.  Minh Tri’s American host mother visited him and his family in Vietnam in February 2009.   Relationships developed through Healing the Children’s host families and their “temporary children” are both memorable and lasting.

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