“Seeing people with disabilities made us realize
How lucky are we to have been born perfect.”
Various organs make the daily routine goes smoothly. However, if there is any part missing or being abnormal such as curved or weak, normal activity as simple as brushing your teeth can be quite difficult. If necessary, the doctor will forward you to the prosthetist.
Prosthetists work closely with doctors and medical personnel in various fields such as nurses in rehabilitation medicine, physical therapist, occupational and psychologist to produce devices to restore the patients’ abilities. They produce not only prosthesis to replace the missing organs, but also orthosis to help abnormal organs work normally again.
A prosthesis is an artificial organ created to replace the real organs, for example, artificial arms, hands, and various items that were made knees and elbow.
An orthosis is an equipment that helps the abnormal organs to be able to function more properly such as shoes pad, legs support, and back support.
The Sirindhorn School of Prosthetics and Orthotics, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University is currently the first orthotics school that received the international advanced certification (ISPO category 1) in Southeast Asia. It is the only school in Thailand that produced prosthetists.
Miss Bongkod said people studying in this school have to work very hard. Working in this field requires various technical skills and knowledge such as mechanics, engineering and medicine along with artistic flair in order to produce high quality prosthesis and orthosis. She told that besides the teaching lessons, the school also aims to produce the prosthetists who can truly understand and take good care of the disabled.
During the first year of her studies, the most important subject is the science of orthotics and prosthetics (Introduction to P&O) which presents the roles of a prosthetist and related knowledge.
Working with volunteer patients in the course of creating prosthetics, what we need to do is a physical examination in order to understand the ability of a patient’s body and a true understanding of their life goals. The design of the device must be suitable for patient’s daily life. Moreover, building patient’s trust is vital to make the production of the artificial organs proceed smoothly and appropriately.
Miss Bongkod had applied her knowledge and work experiences from Siriraj Hospital in her project, the customized footwear for elderly people. She received many valuable sentimental awards from patients who used the device she produced. She assisted the patients with a physical therapy such as walk training, or equipment adjustment until they can move very well. Some patients came back with souvenirs in order to thank her for helping them to recover their normal lives. Those acceptance and appreciation encourage her to work tirelessly.
In conclusion, she said that her dream is to continue study in a higher level so she can bring knowledge and experience to combine with a modern technology and develop good quality of prosthetics and orthotics with suitable and accessible price for patients. She also wants to work in the government organization to help the underprivileged people so that they will receive opportunities for good treatments.
- Graduated with the Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics Program, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University.
- At present, works as an engineer in the Medical equipment laboratory, Biomedical Engineering (BME) at the National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC)