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The Story of Mr. Chhoeurn Kimhong

It was early in the morning when Mr. Chhoeurn Kimhong, a 31-year old general labor worker, took his two boys on their usual walk to pick wild vegetables in the wooded mountain area of Srok Phnom Preak, in the Battambang province of Cambodia. When they were about a kilometer away from their home, he stepped on a landmine that was left on the road since the Khmer Rouge/Vietnam War which took place in that area about 36 years ago. Luckily, his two boys were not too close to him at the time of the explosion. The explosion destroyed his left leg and he began to bleed profusely. After 30 minutes of waiting for help from the neighbor, he was carried by hand to the main road, which took another 30 minutes. He was rushed to the nearby hospital but they were not capable of controlling the bleeding. After two hours later, they finally decided to drive him two hours for care at the World Mate Emergency Hospital. By the time he arrived he was pale and beginning to lose consciousness. The medical doctors cleaned his wounds, stopped the bleeding, and gave him more blood to keep him stable. Today he is in stable condition and feeling better after being at the hospital for one week. Tended by his wife, he is now

Luckily, his two boys were not too close to him at the time of the explosion. The explosion destroyed his left leg and he began to bleed profusely. After 30 minutes of waiting for help from the neighbor, he was carried by hand to the main road, which took another 30 minutes. He was rushed to the nearby hospital but they were not capable of controlling the bleeding. After two hours later, they finally decided to drive him two hours for care at the World Mate Emergency Hospital. By the time he arrived he was pale and beginning to lose consciousness. The medical doctors cleaned his wounds, stopped the bleeding, and gave him more blood to keep him stable. Today he is in stable condition and feeling better after being at the hospital for one week. Tended by his wife, he is now

By the time he arrived he was pale and beginning to lose consciousness. The medical doctors cleaned his wounds, stopped the bleeding, and gave him more blood to keep him stable. Today he is in stable condition and feeling better after being at the hospital for one week. Tended by his wife, he is now worried about his future and his family’s living situation. Mr. Chhoeurn had been working in Thailand for five years to save up some money to buy his own land and become a rice farmer in Cambodia, but he was unsuccessful and was forced to sell his land and become a laborer to other farmers. Kimhong, his

Mr. Chhoeurn had been working in Thailand for five years to save up some money to buy his own land and become a rice farmer in Cambodia, but he was unsuccessful and was forced to sell his land and become a laborer to other farmers. Kimhong, his wife, and their 15-year old daughter are all laborers now and have nothing to ensure of their future. It will take about six months before Mr. Chhoeurn will learn to walk again with

It will take about six months before Mr. Chhoeurn will learn to walk again with his new prosthetic leg. The staff of the hospital will continue to rehabilitate him and introduce him to other charities in the area in an effort to restore his livelihood. Thankfully all landmine patients are treated free of charge at the World Mate Emergency Hospital, so he will not have any medical charges to worry about as he begins his new life. This story is published with permission from Mr. Chhoeurn.

This story is published with permission from Mr. Chhoeurn.

 

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