SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA
In January 2010 Surgical Friends Foundation took its medical team to Siem Reap, Cambodia, Angkor Hospital for Children as the Foundation’s first of many official medical mission trips under the its newly created nonprofit status. In partnership with Friends Without a Border, the medical team provided surgical reconstructive procedures to 30 victims of landmines over the course of five short days.
During the January trip, three year old Vuth Chamreun was brought in by his father desperate to find a cure for his young son. The medical team diagnosed Vuth with a cancerous orbital tumor that required life-saving chemotherapy. His father making less than a dollar a day faced every parent’s worst nightmare, he was hopeless, unable to pay for the medical treatment necessary to save his young son’s life. Furthermore, Surgical Friends did not have the equipment or time in Cambodia to help this young family during their mission. Three-year-old Vuth needs to come to the US for treatment.
RETURNING TO SIEM REAP, SPRING 2010
In the short amount of time Surgical Friends has been incorporated as a nonprofit, they have earned an international reputation and their work in Haiti and other developing countries attracted attention and excitement here in the US. The well deserved recognition prompted a documentary currently in production based on their trip to Cambodia and return trip to Siem Reap this spring. This long-term, compassionate collaboration will highlight their innovative mission work which blends East/West medicine with reconstructive surgery, travel & culture.
Of course, all of our work would not be possible without gifts from our friends, corporate sponsors and a volunteer medical team. Surgical Friends Foundation is aggressively raising money for their return trip and recruiting volunteer medical professionals to help.