Among the guests of honour attending the inauguration ceremony were the Minister of Health for Cambodia H.E. Mam Bunheng and the Deputy Governor H.E. Sang Riha. Guests were given a tour of the expanded wing, which would allow the department to see up to 900 paediatric patients daily. Since the hospital’s inauguration in 1999, the number of patients has increased exponentially. The expansion provides a much-needed relief for both the hospital and the patients, leading to increase in capacity and improvement in processes and quality of treatment.
Deutsche Bank has been supporting the Outpatient Department since 2009, directly benefitting more than 50,000 children every year. This partnership is part of Deutsche Bank’s Born to Be programme. One child we have helped is Vileam*, a three-year-old boy who lives in Chi Krieng District, around 60 kilometres from Siem Reap. He received a surgery on his second birthday, and is now recovering.
Vileam’s mother was a factory worker in Phnom Penh before her marriage. Vileam’s father, currently employed as a construction worker in Thailand, is only able to visit the family once a year. By the time Vileam reached one, his mother realised that he was not well – his breathing was rapid, he had a poor appetite, and he had difficulty feeding.
Vileam was diagnosed with a heart condition at a local village hospital. Vileam’s mother could not understand his condition but was fortunately referred to AHC. After travelling a long way to the Hospital in Siem Reap, AHC doctors explained Vileam’s condition clearly and said that he needed medication and quarterly check-ups. If an operation was necessary, he would be put on the waiting list for a cardiac surgical team from overseas. With medication, Vileam’s condition was temporarily improved, but the hole in his heart continued to enlarge. Each month, at great expense and after much difficulty, Vileam’s mother would make three or four trips to AHC.
On December 2, 2013 – Vileam’s second birthday – he received the surgery. Vileam’s mother remarked with great joy, “My son has been reborn!” When Vileam turns six, his mother plans to send him to school, where he will go on to become who he was born to be.
*Patient’s name has been changed for confidentiality.