Sokha lives in Cambodia. Born into a small village in the province of Kandal next to the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, the young girl grew up in a farming environment living according to seasons and harvests. Sokha is the eldest of a brother and a sister; all three of them were able to attend school, their father being a teacher.
Until the day when, aged 13, she was diagnosed with tetralogy of Fallot and ventricular septal defect (VSD), two heart defects endangering her life. Although her world seemed to collapse, there was a sudden glimmer of hope.
Sokha will not need to travel thousands of miles as she can be cared for at Calmette Hospital in Phnom Penh.
At the beginning of September, Sokha arrives at the Children’s Pavilion built by La Chaîne de l’Espoir in 2003 to accommodate poor children from all over Cambodia and provide them with free quality healthcare. On September 20, Sokha is operated on in the cardiology department of Calmette Hospital by a Cambodian surgeon trained by the greatest experts in paediatric cardiac surgery.
Today Sokha is back home with a steady beating heart and a promising future.