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Mission: Hospital

17th March 2004

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Professor Brian Hopkinson visits Kaman in India. It's one of the poorest towns in the poorest district of the country.

He is there to do a four day surgery camp. Thousands of people who are in a great deal of pain go to see him and beg him to give them surgery.

By he cannot help them all. It would be very foolish for him as a vascular surgeon to attempt to perform extensive plastic surgery, when he has not been trained.

Despite his caution, he feels as though he is ‘playing god’, as he is deciding who he can help and who he can't, so some are left to die.

He performs ten operations a day. And when he is not in surgery he is consulting on others. It is a far cry from his usual experiences of being a surgeon in Queen Mary’s Hospital in Kent.

Brian and his wife Margaret also help give out food and support to the community and also to the leper colony in the area.

This inspiring and moving film shows just how much needs to be done. Brian saves lives while he is out there but in reality, his efforts are still a very small drop in the ocean.

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