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Humanitarian Trip to Cambodia

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In 2017, Dr. Tadje took a humanitarian trip with his son Andrew, to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. They were able to provide much needed assistance to a place called CICFO (Cambodia International Children Friendship Outreach). CICFO is a home where about 30 children live in a family environment, so they can attend school. The children are accepted through an application process and are able to live in this home until they are finished with their education. An organization called CICFO-USA raises funds to support the needs of the CICFO family. The CICFO children travel occasionally to visit their birth families, but CICFO is their true home. The children live as a family, sharing meals, chores, love, and support. CICFO is an upgrade for the children who are used to living in absolute poverty. However, even at CICFO, the children sleep in unbearable heat, packed together on the ground, owning nothing but the clothes on their backs. Dr. Tadje and his son wanted to help.

They spent a week staying with the CICFO family. They worked with Kea Botevy, the head of the home, to tackle projects that would improve the children’s living conditions. Dr. Tadje and his son bought some mattresses for the kids to sleep on and installed fans to help with the intense heat and humidity. The Tadjes were able to create a safer living space by covering exposed wires. They read with the kids and played ball with them. Dr. Tadje was impressed with these amazing, impoverished children. In spite of their circumstances, they are happy and optimistic about life. They are content. They look out for one another and work together to provide a safe and peaceful space to exist and grow. Dr. Tadje was grateful for the opportunity he had to help and learn from the CICFO family.

Written by: Rebecca Howard

Virginia goes to AAHKS

Virginia Goes to AAHKS

The first week of November, I had the opportunity to journey to Dallas, Texas and attend the 2017 AAHKS (American Association for Hip and Knee Surgeons) annual meeting. I spent 2 solid days listening to papers and symposiums, selected from over 1400 submitted, to be reviewed at the annual AAHKS meeting. Topics covered ranged from antibiotic coverage, to surgical technique, how to increase patient outcomes and avoid patient complications. In addition to the talks presented, there was a large exhibit hall with vendors demonstrating everything from surgical implants to positioning devices and products to aid in patient care. I was also able to visit with and discuss processes with other orthopedic providers. It was a great learning experience and I look forward to bringing back to our practice the new evidence based recommendations and assisting to implement them at Tadje Orthopaedics.