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Thanks from the Go Vap Orphanage

November
21

I’ve stayed in touch with Kim Browne, the British woman who was one of the last babies airlifted out of Saigon before it fell in 1975. She is staying in Ho Chi Minh City for a few more weeks, volunteering at the Go Vap Orphanage – where she spent the first two months of her life – and looking for information about her birth mother. Kim said the orphanage will be able to save the lives of more than 50 babies born with hydrocephalus, thanks to the donated brain shunts delivered by the humanitarian tour group my father and I traveled with last week. (Read more about this special delivery in tomorrow’s Journal News.)

Kim recently uploaded this video from the orphanage’s hydrocephalus ward. And, click on the video player below to view some of the photos I took at the orphanage on Saturday.

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2 Responses to “Thanks from the Go Vap Orphanage”

  1. Return to Vietnam » Blog Archive » Vietnam veterans give thanks for survival, and peace

    [...] A veteran, his daughter, their journey « Thanks from the Go Vap Orphanage [...]

  2. Nancy

    On behalf of an ongoing support program for congential differences in Vietnam, I invite you to visit Paul’s Kids (www.paulskids.org)501c3 to view their ongoing year round projects in Go Vap and other areas. Last year they dedicated a physiotherapy room and this year, they will be working to support a project with the International Federation for Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida as well as Handicap International Vietnam.

    The gift of the shunts were magnificent, and there are 2 surgeons undergoing special training at this time in order to complete endoscopic surgery training. Every little bit helps – we’re here for the long haul.

    Our daughter was born premature with rickets in Vietnam and our son was born blind in Nepal. Both times we were offered ‘normal replacements’ – but they were ours from the moment we heard their names.

    Thanks to their access to nutrition and health care here – there are normal healthy child who can walk and see…

    We have been so thankful we have chosen to support Paulskids. It was Paul himself, who found our children and created families for life. As the adoptive parent of special needs children himself, he practices instead of preaching.

    Please consider us this holiday season.

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"Return to Vietnam" chronicles the journey of Col. Andonios Neroulias USA (Ret.) of Briarcliff Manor, NY, joined by his daughter, staff writer Nicole Neroulias, to the country he fought in 40 years ago. They are traveling with Vietnam veterans and Rotarians from Rockland County and other parts of the country. Check this blog for daily posts, photos, recordings and slideshows about their experiences.
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Nicole and Andonios Neroulias

Nicole Neroulias grew up in Briarcliff Manor, NY, and graduated from Cornell University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has covered religion and city news in Cyprus, Connecticut and California, where she earned several fellowships and prizes, including a national Religion Newswriters Association award. She joined The Journal News in early 2007 and also teaches journalism at Columbia.

Col. Andonios Neroulias emigrated from Greece in 1956 and was commissioned an officer through the ROTC program of the City College of NY. From 1967-68, he served in Vietnam with the U.S. Army's 25th Infantry (Tropic Lightning) Division, whose main base was in Cu Chi, known for its intricate Viet Cong tunnels. Among his military awards are the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He is retired from the U.S. Army Reserve and lives in Briarcliff Manor, NY.
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