Children with genital birth defects get help Van Ly A project named Thien Nhan and Friends last week conducted its 10th mission of helping children with genital defects at Viet Duc Hospital in Hanoi. The project then moves to Danang Mother and Children Hospital and finally to HCMC at Children’s Hospital 2. Thien Nhan and Friends organizes genital reconstruction surgeries for poor Vietnamese children suffering from severe genital birth defects or loss of genitals from trauma, in addition to providing family financial support and travel costs. The project was inspired by Thien Nhan, an infant discarded at birth and left to die in a jungle. He suffered total loss of genitals and loss of one leg from a brutal mauling by wild animals. He has since been adopted by Tran Mai Anh and lives happily with his new family in Hanoi. He is the official Goodwill Ambassador. After news spread of Thien Nhan successful surgery by Dr. Roberto DeCastro, poor families from throughout Vietnam came forward with their own tragic situations. Genital problems are not typically discussed in Asian society, but Thien Nhan’s story changed this. So far, 200 surgeries have been carried out.