Phan Rang: day 4

The surgical schedule was hard to keep up with today. One mother couldn’t bear to have her 4 month old go without eating for the necessary 4 hours and fed the baby before two scheduled surgery times. Having food in the stomach raises the risk of aspirating it into the lungs during the surgery. This bumped up some cases and changed tomorrow.


Speaking of food, the fare is good. There are local options for breakfast as well as spaghetti.





Our local hosts cook a wonderful lunch for us each day and we pop out as time allows to eat.








For in between, there are snacks,








and finally, dinner at the vegetarian street cafe An-Lac before heading back to the hospital for rounds.








Our nurses are going to bring the mom and her 4 month old into the recovery room tomorrow morning to help her and the baby go the four hours so the baby can have her cleft lip repaired safely.

About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at,, and She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit
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