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  • Writer's pictureSarah Major

Myanmar Diary - update 3

The weekend was spent in the extraordinary city of Mandalay where we visited ‘tourist’ sites, many stunning Pagodas, Palaces and then scaled Mandalay Hill for the fabulous views of the city.

The generosity of our hosts knows no bounds and we were treated to Sunday lunch at the home of one of our students followed by a whistle stop tour of various clinics, from a free clinic in a temple where patients line up on the floor in front of the Buddha ( see the picture with the Monk being treated at the altar) to an extraordinary traditional medicine clinic where East meets West.

We witnessed a young boy who had had X-rays done showing a fracture to both his ulna and radius be treated using manipulation to realign the bone, a herbal poultice applied followed by a standard plaster cast. It was beautiful to see two forms of medicine working in such perfect harmony.

A completely exhausting but uplifting day. 86 patients in clinic this morning......phew!

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