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by Sihanouk Hospital Corporation
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Fund life-saving healthcare in Cambodia
Fund life-saving healthcare in Cambodia
Fund life-saving healthcare in Cambodia
Fund life-saving healthcare in Cambodia
Fund life-saving healthcare in Cambodia
Fund life-saving healthcare in Cambodia
Fund life-saving healthcare in Cambodia
Fund life-saving healthcare in Cambodia
Fund life-saving healthcare in Cambodia
Fund life-saving healthcare in Cambodia
Fund life-saving healthcare in Cambodia
Fund life-saving healthcare in Cambodia
Fund life-saving healthcare in Cambodia
Fund life-saving healthcare in Cambodia
Fund life-saving healthcare in Cambodia

Chhunny, a 45 years old mother from Kampong Cham province, suffers from unknown diabetes before treated at the Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE (SHCH). Chhunny married to Sambo and has two daughters. All were married with two kids. Her elder daughter got daily income from gardening and cleaning. She earns about 5 US dollars per cleaning and grass cropping (this depending on an appointment). Chhuny is a housewife and she looks after their grandchildren.

Last month before arriving at the hospital, Chhunny got a fever and dizziness. Then she suddenly lost consciousness. Her family started to cry as they feel that Chhunny would pass away on the way to SHCH. At SHCH, a doctor sent her directly to our emergency department. Her glucose was very high during emergency care.

She awake after 72 hours. Her husband smiles and feel hope that she is awake. He said “last two days I feel very hopeless and I thought my wife would leave me. But because of the good care of SHCH staff, my wife’s life was saved. It is a big gift to me. I cannot find enough words to say thank you to donors who support SHCH and a patient like my wife. I wish you all good health and please continue to support other patients at SHCH.”

We are happy to see Chhunny can speak again and do any activity by herself. She is going back home to see her children and grandchildren.

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Appendicitis
Appendicitis

While caring for her 5 month old, Mrs. Ra dealt with increasing abdominal pain for 7 days before deciding to seek help. The thought of having to leave her new baby to get medical care was a struggle, but her pain was too much to bare. Ra first sought care at a local clinic that diagnosed her with appendicitis or a swollen uterus. The clinic told her that the best option for either diagnosis would be to come to Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE (SHCH) for her care. 

 

Ra comes from the Takeo Providence where, prior to having her baby, she worked at a garment factory along with most of her family. Her husband works in road construction as a worker, which keeps him away 7 days of the week. In addition to their jobs, Ra’s family tended to their rice farm. Since giving birth, she stopped working to stay home with the baby and tended to the house. 

 

When she arrived at SHCH, her preliminary consultation seemed to validate the diagnosis of possible appendicitis, so a sonogram was ordered. Upon receiving the results from the sonogram, appendicitis was confirmed and Ra was informed that surgery was necessary. During surgery, it was determined that Ra’s appendix had ruptured, adding complications to the surgery and recovery.  Despite this complication, she was in the capable hands of the surgery team who were able to respond appropriately and complete the removal of her appendix and remove the infection from her abdomen. 

 

One point that stood out to Ra was the compassion through humor shown by all the physicians she met. This compassion made her feel better about her surgery she faced, along with confidence in the surgeons that would be operating on her. 

 

From the time Ra entered SHCH, she felt that she was treated by people that care.  While recovering from her surgery, she noticed that the compassionate care she received before her surgery had continued in the inpatient department. She stated “It was nice to know that I had people checking on me 24 hours a day.  Everyone was very helpful.” Ra’s care was still ongoing during our interview, but her prognosis is very good and she hopes to be discharged in the next couple of days. She was thankful and appreciative of the affordable and thoughtful care she received at SHCH.

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25 days admitted in the hospital
25 days admitted in the hospital

Vorn is a 67 year old from Kratie province in north-east Cambodia, she had been suffering from severe abdominal pain for two months and could not find adequate treatment at home. By the time she made it to Sihanouk Hospital Centre of HOPE (SHCH), her condition was serious and she was admitted for emergency treatment.

After months in pain and unable to find quality healthcare at home, Vorn and her husband Deoun were desperate to find treatment no matter the cost. They have no savings and rely on their daughter and daughter’s husband to provide for them in their old age – her daughter’s family earns $10 a day working on their neighbour’s farm. The pair sold their motorbike and took out a loan for $2500 so they could pay for treatment elsewhere – almost the same amount as their family earns per year.

Once the pair had secured funds and pain killers for the journey – the only treatment available – they urgently travelled to SHCH. A relative working in healthcare in Phnom Penh suggested that Vorn seek treatment at SHCH where she could access affordable, quality healthcare.

The pair travelled via several tuk tuks. Each tuk tuk taking them no further than the next town. As a result they spent more than what their family earns per day to get to Phnom Penh.

By the time they arrived, Vorn was in terrible condition, suffering extreme pain and had been unable to eat for days. She was admitted for emergency treatment.

The emergency team diagnosed Vorn with stones in her liver and stones blocking her bile duct, which were so large they could be seen by ultrasound. The blockage had resulted in a build of bile and distension, causing pain, and lack of bile to help digestive function. The surgical team quickly went to work and removed the stones blocking her bile duct which has restored bile function and treated the distension.

When the team spoke with Vorn, she had been in hospital for 25 days – she had been treated as an emergency priority and our staff askd questions later. They reviewed their receipts and found they had in fact received a number of services for free or subsidized by our donors, including anesthesia, antibiotic injections and pain medication. They did not need to spend the entire loan amount to access Vorn’s treatment after all.

Deoun was impressed with the quality of care at the hospital, explaining the nursing staff were very responsive, always on time with pain medication and were very kind.

Vorn said her surgery wounds were sore but she was feeling much better and didn’t have the same deep pain as before her surgery. When asked what they were looking forward to after Vorn was discharged, Deoun joked that they were too old and tired for fun, but Vorn said she was happy to be going home.

Vorn’s younger sister also arrived during the interview and was proud to explain that they lived in the province with dolphins. She was proud to report that more of the endangered Irriwaddy dolphins were born this season than previous seasons and encouraged us to come and visit.

SHCH continues to provide quality healthcare to Cambodians who could otherwise not afford or access it. We continue to build up our name across Cambodia with your help. Your donations make it possible to treat emergency cases with high quality care like, Vorn. We are grateful for your donations and support, that keep our doors open to

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Tep and her family discharge from SHCH
Tep and her family discharge from SHCH

Mrs. Tep, a 50 years old mother suffers with diabetes for 8 years from Svay Rieng Province. Tep and her husband are farmers. They have one son, 19 years old. Their son gave up his studying for 3 years ago due to no income. Their son works as a construction worker and earn only 7 dollars per day to support a whole family. Tep's husband plants vegetable and sweet potatoes for daily food while Tep is unable to do any work.

Tep started to lose weight, fatigue, caught, eat less and unable to sleep well. Her husband sent her to a hospital in town. After did blood test the result has shown that she has got diabetes. Tep followed up with doctor and took medicine as doctor prescribed but her symptom was just better for a short time. The doctor there introduced her to The Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE (SHCH), where she can access with free care. After arrived to SHCH, a doctor decided to admit her at the hospital because of illness and she is in bad condition that is needed a proper care by clinical staff. Tep stay at SHCH for a week until the doctor say “yes, you are well now”.

Tep and her family were very happy to go home. 

“I have nothing to give you but I would love to use my 10 fingers greeting you all and I am thankful to donors, doctors and staff who supports and taking care me with love day and night until I recovery. Without your support and care I could not recovery and unable to walk back home to see my family.” Said Tep.

Thank you so much for your support and love!

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Mrs. Nun treated on Surgical Ward
Mrs. Nun treated on Surgical Ward

Thank you for your support

Every donation has made a difference and change patient life in Cambodia.

Mrs. Nun a 59 years old mother from Preveng Province, lived with two daughters and four grandchildren, received care at Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE and expressed her thanks.

'I am poor, and I couldn't have found another hospital to provide good care to me like this one did.'


I and my husband is a famer, and makes around $7 a day to support my families. When I arrived to the Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE, I was diagnosed with a gallbladder, that need an operation. Surgeon at the hospital noticed that the water in my bladder looks really worse if compared to other cases.

 

Nun received successful operation and treated on our surgical ward three weeks until she returned to health.

 

“I am very happy that I am safe after operation. One thing I noticed, the staff here worked so hard to save poor patient's life with respect and no discrimination”

“I am thankful to staff, doctors and donors who donated to Fund life-saving healthcare in Cambodia to support patient like me. Getting treatment here I feel more comfortable and fair.” said Nun.

Your gift has made a difference in the lives of poor Cambodians. Thank you for making our project possible.

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Sihanouk Hospital Corporation

Location: San Diego, CA - USA
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