Mengse is a 15-year-old tailor, originally from Ratanakiri province in Cambodia. He and his family relocated to Phnom Penh in an effort to find better job opportunities. Mengse’s father works as a cook for a company that caters weddings, while his mother sells vegetables in a local market. Mengse works as a tailor, but he is hopeful that he will be able to return to school.
Mengse was born with a preauricular pit - a congenital condition where there is a sinus tract under the skin that shouldn’t be there. It is manifested by a small hole located on his right ear. As often happens in these cases, this small hole has become infected, and a cyst has formed. As a result, Mengse experiences redness, swelling, pain, and discharge.
Mengse traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On January 15th, surgeons from our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. Now, Mengse needs your help to raise $273 to fund this procedure.
Mengse shared: “I hope I can have surgery so I can’t feel pain, and so I can do my work and feel better again.”