On the last two Stitch trips to Bangladesh, Dr. Noor worked with the surgeons in the operating room, but more importantly, she was an invaluable translator. As a native speaker, she was able to explain cultural subtleties to our team in ways that allowed us to provide the most appropriate care to each patient, according to her individual needs. As a doctor, she was able to explain complicated medical information to our patients, who live in remote areas with limited access to health care, and virtually no experience with surgery. Because she is Bengali, Dr. Noor was able to offer the patients extraordinary cultural comfort and gave the Stitch team an added level of confidence that nothing in the patients’ experience was being lost in translation.
In addition, Dr. Noor’s education and success as a medical doctor and surgeon in training was an inspiration to the local community, especially the women and children, who rarely see women in top medical positions.