This is Van, a 19 year old resident at the Ba Vi disability centre. She has a lot of complex medical issues, including problems with severe reflux. Helping Hands took her to hospital in Hanoi city last year, where the doctors prescribed some long term medications. Helping Hands continues to purchase these and the Helping Hands staff give them to Van daily. As a result of this and other interventions, such as providing a supportive chair to keep Van sitting upright for as long as possible, we have seen a significant improvement in her health.
However, in the Spring of this year Van was beginning to lose a lot of weight. Some generous volunteers brought a supply of high-calorie nutritional supplements from their home countries which we give to Van daily. She is gradually beginning to put weight back on, and we are hoping that this will continue until she is at a healthier weight. To top it off, since she has started eating the supplements, Van has even begun smiling for the first time!