Beth Darnall, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, is an international expert on a novel therapy for "phantom limb pain" — real pain suffered by people who have had an arm or leg amputated. Dr. Darnall has studied and treats people with "mirror therapy," which lessens or eliminates the pain by tricking the amputee's brain into believing there was no amputation.
Now, Dr. Darnall has won a grant to take her expertise on a humanitarian mission to Vietnam — to help some of the tens of thousands of children and others in Vietnam who have lost a limb because of land mines and unexploded bombs from the Vietnam War.
"Vietnam has the highest rate of amputation in the world — mostly because of land mines and unexploded bombs," Dr. Darnall said. "And the amputations are still happening — often to children — more than 30 years after the war ended."
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