On November 26, 2021, the 6th medical expert team sent by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) to Laos to provide medical assistance arrived in the Lao capital Vientiane to start 6-month medical support, clinical teaching and academic exchanges at the Military Hospital 103 of the Lao People's Army (LPA).
Since arriving in Vientiane, the military medical experts from China have completed a number of major and difficult surgical operations, making multiple firsts in Lao history of medicine. Their excellent medical technology and sincere dedication have won recognition from the local people.
In February this year, a 36-year-old Lao pregnant woman paralyzed by high cervical intraspinal tumor, which could threaten her life at any time, asked for help from the Chinese military medical expert team at the Military Hospital 103 of the Lao People's Army. After careful consultation and full preparation, the Chinese military medical experts performed a 3-hour surgery operation on her. The operation succeeded and both the mother and child were “doing well”. The woman said excitedly: "The superb medical skills of the Chinese military doctors not only made me stand up again but also protected my child and fulfilled my dream of becoming a mother."
Li Liang, one of the Chinese PLA medical expert team, completed the operation of ultra-early subcutaneous preservation of a large-area autologous bone flap and cranial replantation on a man who accidentally fell from a height and got severe traumatic brain injury and was in critical condition. The patient recovered well from the deadly injury. The successful surgery was the first of its kind in the local hospitals.
The Chinese medical expert team once treated a 67-year-old Lao female patient. The scrawny old woman suffered from long-term pain, and once had thoughts of committing suicide. After detailed inquiries about symptoms and medical history, the expert team confirmed that her physical symptoms was caused by the psychic trauma stemming from a car accident she had experienced. Military doctor Si Rui of the expert team gave the old woman cardiovascular and psychological treatment at the same time. Three days later, the patient's sleep and appetite improved significantly. She gained weight and also the hope for life. The diagnosis and treatment method achieved good results and aroused the strong interest of Lao doctors. Afterward, the Chinese experts were invited to lecture on this subject and give on-site instructions in teaching ward rounds in the Military Hospital 103 of the Lao People's Army (LPA).
China and Laos are socialist friendly neighbors and an unbreakable community with a shared future. Over the years, China and Laos have always had the same heart and sincere friendship. In this regard, members of the Chinese expert team said that they will continue to help improve the medical level of Laos, and make new contributions to deepening the exchanges and cooperation in medical services between the Chinese and Lao militaries.