Dr. Huang

In my life, there are three “Dr. Huangs,” but the one you see here — my dad — is the granddaddy of ’em all. Last week, he was on the local news in Houston for a split second as part of KHOU-TV’s report on the reopening of The Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston. Shriners Hospital, which was closed temporarily due to damages caused by Hurricane Ike, is world-reknown for its pediatric-burn care facilities. My dad, a plastic surgeon, has been treating kids there for many years, and the 6-year-old boy featured in the video, Henry Bautista, is one of his many hundreds of burn patients. Henry’s face and hands were disfigured due to burn injuries suffered as an infant, but about four days prior to this video, my dad had reconstructed a small “button nose” out of existing nasal tissue and skin grafts so that Henry might feel a little bit more normal among his peers. In the video, you can see a discoloration of his nose due to scabbing, which will eventually fall off. But the button nose is a temporary solution as Henry is still growing. He won’t receive a more fully sculpted nose until he is 16. I asked my dad how long it took him to build the nose: 32 minutes.

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5 Responses to Dr. Huang

  1. Geoff says:

    Burn doctors go automatically to heaven.

  2. tanya says:

    loooovvvee it!

  3. Cj says:

    Ditto what Geoff said.

  4. Dave Powers says:

    Geez Keith- that goes a long way toward explaining where all your generosity as a person comes from. I agree with Geoff G.

  5. Mercy Duenas says:

    I just met your dad down here in Guadalajara, where he headed a group from Shriner’s that came to help the more than 160 burned children here in Mexico. Not only was he VERY efficient and knowledgeable, he was friendly, informative and great to work with. I did some translations from Spanish to English during the examinations. You are a very lucky guy to have such a great caring father. Please thank him on behalf of all of the families he helped here in our city!!

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