For the many workers work in Phnom Penh and live in rural villages on its outskirts, commuting can be a dangerous proposition. According to WHO, Cambodia has a very high rate of road traffic accidents. Van Da, a 29-year old father and husband, lives alone in a small rented room in Phnom Penh while working weekdays as a factory worker. He earns $125 a month. Each Friday evening, loads his motorbike with goods that he re-sells in the village for extra funds and returns to town on Sunday evening.
One evening while he was crossing the road at his home in Kandall, he was struck by a speeding vehicle. Both of his legs were severely injured. His wife had heard of Sihanouk Hospital and brought him here immediately in a tuk tuk, a bumpy ride with a lot of pain. Our team peformed a CT Scan at the HOPE worldwide Medical Center, which determined that he hadn’t suffered head injury. However, both legs were broken.
SHCH surgeons repaired his injuries and he recovered for 3 weeks at the surgical ward. He said, “SHCH is a good hospital for the poor with great service to the patients too. I want to say thank you very much to the doctors and staff here. They are very friendly to the patients.”- Van Da