Vireak Thet is a happy two-year-old boy from Cambodia. He lives in Phnom Penh with his parents and grandmother. His mom stays at home to care for him, and his dad works as a motorbike taxi driver. To supplement their income, his grandma sells ice cream from a cart in front of their home. Vireak Thet loves playing with the other children in the neighborhood, and eating ice cream from his grandma’s cart.
Last year, Vireak Thet accidentally burned his right hand with hot cooking oil. Burn scar contractures have developed, tightening the skin around his index and middle fingers. It is difficult for him to use his hand for every day activities.
Fortunately, our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), can help Vireak Thet. On August 9th, surgeons at CSC’s care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to improve the function of his hand. Now, his family needs help to fund this $495 procedure.
His mom shared, “I hope he can move his fingers freely and be able to use his hand when he starts school.”