Nadia Padonou-Djidonou-Open Heart Medical Mission
My First Medical Mission!
Dear Friends and Family,
My name is Nadia Padonou-Djidonou. I am a Registered Respiratory Therapist working in trauma and critical care settings as staff or seasonal staff across various cities in the Unites States.
I am an extrovert and I love interacting with people with a constructive and enlightening discussion.
I am thankful to be an RT because I am able to offer qualitative care that ensures improvement in the lives of all my patients (children and adults alike). I do it through a neb as well as various respiratory therapy, but most importantly with kind words at the bedside, by teaching someone how to breathe easier or to cope with chronic illness. Having the expertise to assist physicians with critical care ventilator patients is a great advantage to advocate for my patients. Every day is an opportunity for a new blessing.
As a Respiratory Therapist, I am able to work quickly and efficiently while providing excellent patient care. I can also maintain a safe and clean work environment by complying with procedures, rules and regulations, and follow direction.
When I was 9 years old, I was hit by a drunk driver in Benin (Cotonou) on the way to local market with my grandmother. I have very few memories of the accident, but I do faintly recall a serious but calming face as I was gently lifted out of the car. The nurse held my hand when I arrived at the hospital and assured me that I will be fine and I should not be worried about my grandmother because I mentioned to her that she has not sold anything yet this morning at the market. I was in the hospital for several weeks with multiple broken bones. During my stay, I also had the opportunity to know the different volunteer doctors and nurses in the hospital on a personal level. I remember feeling anxious about my condition, but not sadness or even fear because of the trust in the abilities of volunteer healthcare workers and the reputation of the organization they were representing. It was as if my doctors and I had a silent bond. Now that I am older, my experience as a child sparked a keen interest in how we approach volunteer healthcare workers, especially as it relates to our psychological and emotional support of any human being facing serious medical conditions. I experienced first-hand the power and compassion of medicine, not only in healing but also in bringing unlikely individuals together, such as adults and children, in uncommon yet profound ways. In addition, it was then that I began to take seriously the possibility of becoming a volunteer healthcare worker.
I am very delighted to have been invited to join VOOM Foundation's open-heart medical mission in December 2021 - offering me the opportunity to serve limited resource communities in the developing countries such as Nigeria. I would love for you to consider supporting my efforts to train and educate the local medical staff while offering opportunities for surgery to indigent patients who have no opportunity. Our ultimate goal is a sustainable open-heart program.
I truly appreciate your consideration!