A very personal story of a great man I worked with in Vietnam and in the United States

A very personal story of a great man I worked with in Vietnam and in the United States

Dr. Nghi, a surgeon in South Vietnam worked with me as I volunteered to assist South Vietnamese Civilians and wounded soldiers while I was in Vietnam. He was fortunate to be evacuated and ended up in Camp Pendelton when I was able to connect with him in 1975. I sponsored him and his family of 8 others including his wife and two children, plus other relatives including his wife’s father and mother. He joined me in my Surgical practice in Vermont, working as a physician assistant while studying for his examinations to get a license to practice medicine in the United States.  After 9 months, he took the examination and passed it on the first round. With some help by me, he went onto to Dartmouth in Hanover New Hampshire and studied Anesthesiology for 3 years. When he left Dartmouth, a special award was created for him to recognize outstanding service while he was there and was offered a faculty appointment. He decided not to take the appointment and moved to Pittsburgh where he has been practicing anesthesiology every since. He has been active in helping Vietnamese refugees resettle, has been to the white house twice to be recognized as an outstanding community contributor. His family now extends to more than 40. He has four children, A doctor, a PhD researcher, a district attorney and a pharmaceutical Vice President. He told me that American gave him and his entire family the opportunity to succeed through hard work. He loves America. Below is this presentation posted by the History Museum in Pittsburgh just this week to honor Dr. Nghi and his family.

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