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And the world walks by…..


I met Viet while talking some of the homeless people on the streets of Phnom Penh Cambodia. he was born during the chaotic years just after the fall of the Pol Pot regime

Viet and I could not communicate in English, but seemed to understand each other. He was extremely surprised that anyone was interested in his story

The Tuk-Tuk drivers help Viet from time to time and helped with interpreting Viets' story for me

Viet came to the city from an impoverished area in the provinces 10 years ago. His parents had both died and he had never had medical assistance

The growth started when he was 2 years old and has remained untreated for the last 28 years and is still growing

Viet is very shy, as most people shun him, he has limited success begging, as people are afraid of him

Viet has limited Khmer vocabulary, but is a warm and engaging individual

The growth has covered half his face and is probably too dangerous to remove. However, I have promised him that I will get some medical opinion on any options that may exist for him.