Operation Walk Ireland mission begins in Hanoi, proudly sponsored in part by Affidea Ireland

Affidea Ireland is proud to support Operation Walk Ireland, a charity whose mission is to perform hip and knee replacements for patients with advanced arthritis who would otherwise not have access to this life-changing surgery, in developing countries such as Vietnam.

Operation Walk Ireland’s second mission in Hanoi last year led to 86 hip and knee replacements in 5 days, and engaged in a surgical educational programme with Vietnamese orthopaedic surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and physiotherapists.

Elizabeth Connolly, a nurse from Tallaght Hospital, said; “After nine months of planning, I am both excited and nervous to finally be on my way to Hanoi as part of Operation Walk Ireland’s 2019 mission.”

“Naturally, I expect that there will be highs and lows during the mission. Teamwork is such an important part of healthcare, so it is always daunting forming a new operating theatre team. I think the fact that everyone is there as a volunteer with a common goal will help build relationships and create a positive team spirit.

“I feel that meeting the patients face to face, hearing about their histories and learning how joint replacements will make a difference to their lives will make all of our hard work worthwhile. Now, I’m really looking forward to going to the hospital, finding my feet and getting started with the surgeries!”

All of the positivity and support that I have gotten from family, friends and Affidea has made it possible for me to take part in this mission. I am determined to give it my all and take every opportunity to make it the best experience for my patients.

Follow @AffideaIreland and @OpWalkIreland for regular updates throughout this inspiring initiative, and watch the video below highlighting last year’s mission.

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