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Ryta Rith

Dear little Ryta has just undergone more surgery for the horrific burns she received some years ago. The operation was successful and now her parents are bringing her in for dressing changes 3 times a week. The total procedure will cost around US$800 this time and is funded through CHOICE by Josie & Bruce Harvey from Australia, many thanks to them.



Mey Mey

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In Cambodia the Kings birthday was celebrated on the 13th, 14th & 15th May, so our school was closed. This gave us time to spend on medical issues, we took 7 villages to various Hospitals over these 3 days, several for eye issues. Six year old Mey Mey from our kindergarten class was one of these. As you can see she was originally cross eyed, volunteers Laurie and Max (pictured) offered to pay for corrective surgery and associated costs. We took Mey Mey to CSC Hospital which operated free of charge, so a US$100 donation was given.  Among others taken to CSC for tests was Tearith (pictured last), he is blind in one eye, further tests need to be done for him in six months time with the possibility of him receiving an artificial eye.

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The Scolded Boy is out of Hospital August 14, 2011

The young burnt boy has been released from Hospital and has gone home to his Village.
You may recall that firstly he had a severe case of Shingles, then after recovering from that he accidentally tipped a large pot of boiling water over himself.
After 2 months in Hospital he has been released, though his wounds are much better he is left with terrible scarring.
CHOICE  supported the boy and the family throughout this ordeal.

Seven Weeks after Sokha’s Operation

UPDATE: 18/05/11
To assist Sokha to sit and hopefully use a wheelchair, we have made a ramp to place under the mattress to support her back, we will raise this once a week to see if  she can slowly adjust. At the moment she cannot hold the sitting position for too long, she feels sick and gets dizzy.
Four months ago Sokha fell off the back of a truck, she was paralyzed and in agony she could not afford an operation. Her son Channy quit school to mind his mother. Sokha lay on wooden slats for 10 weeks until CHOICE was notified, we immediately contacted C.S.C. Hospital.

It is now seven weeks since Dr. Jim and the CSC staff operated on Sokha, her neck was broken in two places. She is no longer in pain and can now be raised to a sitting position for a few minutes. We expect further improvement with exercise.

They do not own the grotty little hut with the dirt floor that they call home, they are allowed to live there rent free as they have little money. They had enough rice for three days after our last visit 2 days ago, so we gave them $10. On Tuesday the 10th May we delivered 1 bag of rice and 2 box’s of noodles. Can you help, if you can donate even a small amount it will be used to pay for food for this family. See our Choice Donations page.

 CHOICE was able to raise and donate $500 to the Childrens Surgical Center for their efforts. We thank B.Jones US, Rio Norde Germany and R. Wright Australia for donating the $500. Special thanks to Dr. Jim Gogally and the C.S.C. Hospital. Pictured from left Eric, Dr.Sokleng, Ross and Mark presenting the $500 to C.S.C.

Desperate Cambodian Family Needing Help

On Tuesday the 8th March 2011 after being asked for help CHOICE visited an extremely devastated family on the outskirts of Phnom Penh.

CHOICE was contacted by Bill Jones from the US and a friend of  his Samnang who works for Phnom Penh Post. We agreed to help so Samnang took us to meet the family of  four, Sokha her son Channy, her brother Savuth and his wife  Somali. A friend allows them to live  in a little hut along with the chickens.  Channy,  a 16yo.  has had  to stop going to High School, to mind his Uncle and Mother. She fell off the back of a truck in January and suffered spinal damage.  She has lost the use of the right hand side of her body and cannot sit, she has to lie down continually, her condition may be curable with an operation.  Channy also looks after his Uncle Savuth now that his Mother cannot, the Uncle appears to have Leprosy and has lost most of his fingers and toes, he cannot walk. Somali is the only one who can work and she earns US$55 per month at a clothing factory, this does not provide enough for all their needs.

We need caring people to perhaps part sponsor or get a group together to help this family on a day to day basis as well as finance treatment for Sokha, it appears the condition of  Savuth has gone too far though he needs treatment for pain.

Friends – International Cambodia, were also contacted and are going to help the family. They have agreed to supply food and rice and depending on the recovery of Sokha, may be able to help 16yo. Channy with his education.

UPDATE: Friends have helped the family a little, most of their support is from CHOICE and our supporters. We now have the Schoonen family sponsoring the family.

CHOICE desperately need financial help to cover all the medical costs,  ALL DONATIONS WILL BE USED FOR THE MEDICAL COSTS.

UPDATE: On Monday the 14th March CHOICE contacted the CEO of the Children’s Surgical Centre, Dr. Jim Gollogly. He organized an Ambulance to take Sokha to the Children’s Surgical Centre. On Tuesday she was transferred to Calumet Hospital for X Rays and CAT Scans then back to C.S.C. The X Rays have shown that Sokha had a broken neck in two places and damaged spinal cord.

An operation was performed at C.S.C. on Wednesday 16th March. Sokha is no longer in pain, now we all wait to see the results. This may take many weeks and there will need to be extensive physiotherapy for her to gain improvement, CHOICE may provide a nurse to help with her physio and rehabilitation. Her son Channy remains at her bedside. Many thanks to Dr. Jim Gollogly and the staff of  C.S.C. for this.

CHOICE  volunteers transported Savuth on Friday the 18th of March to the Leprosy Hospital for assessment; his condition is serious and he will need at least two operations and a lot of treatment after that.

UPDATE:  On 28th March, Sokha and her son have returned back to what they call home. The good news is that Sokha can now sit to an angle of 45 degrees and most likely will gain more movement with time and exercise, we have managed to get her a wheelchair in anticipation that one day she can use it. The sad news is that only 4 people have offered to help with the medical costs. That includes myself one of the persons involved in drawing attention to this family crisis, and two of our friends. Every dollar counts  PLEASE  help us to help them by donating via our website. This money is not for CHOICE  but will be passed on to the Children’s Surgical Center so as they too can continue to help the very poor Cambodian adults and children who are either sick, injured or suffering from such things as acid attacks. We thank C.S.C. and staff so much for their help and support with Sokha and her family.

Savuth is still too scared to agree to have the operations  to improve his condition.