October 30, 2006
CONTACT: Olivia Fermano
The Hospital of the University
of Pennsylvania Partners with
Marine Lance Corporal Han C. Liang is stationed on the front lines in Iraq, but he will be seeing and interacting with his newborn son on Tuesday, October 31st, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania thanks to the Freedom Calls Foundation. LCpl Liang will be present at the hospital to meet his son and congratulate his wife hours after birth via video conference over Freedom Calls satellite network from the Freedom Calls facility at Al Asad Airbase in Iraq. LCpl Liang will see and interact with his wife, Van T Huynh from a large screen monitor set up at the hospital.
The couple’s second child, Thien, was born Saturday at 2:01 am. According to the new mom, “We’re so grateful to Freedom Calls Foundation and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for making this possible. This is a dream come true that Han is able to share in Thien’s birth from 7,000 miles away on the front lines.”
“The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania would like to thank
the Freedom Calls Foundation for making this connection. We appreciate
how uniquely special and significant the birth of a baby is in the lives
of parents, and so we were delighted to make these arrangements. We believe
health is broadly defined to include the mind, body and spirit. The Hospital
of the University of Pennsylvania hopes this videoconference will help
provide Van with an additional boost of emotional and mental support,”
stated Garry Scheib, Executive Director of the Hospital
of the University of Pennsylvania.
LCpl Liang will attend the conference over the satellite network that Freedom Calls has built in cooperation with the army and marines to serves U.S. deployed military personnel and their families 24 hours per day free of charge.
About the Freedom Calls Foundation
PENN Medicine is a $2.9 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.
Penn's School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt of NIH research funds; and ranked #3 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three hospitals, all of which have received numerous national patient-care honors [Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center]; a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.