A hospital in South Korea successfully performed heart surgery on a two-year-old Lao boy last week.
The two-year-old Phonphiboun Sounthaly from Luang Prabang was diagnosed with congenital heart disease and was quickly transferred to Severance Hospital in South Korea for medical treatment as Lao hospitals didn’t have the equipment and facilities to conduct the operation.
According to Lao Post, the boy’s condition was severe and required urgent surgery. The Korean surgical team initially diagnosed it as a high-risk operation because of the patient’s young age but decided to go through with it after insistence from his parents.
The surgery was successful and the hospital also covered all the medical expenses. The boy’s family also received financial support from Mr. Jee Won Lee, the CEO of Laos-based Green Company who covered other necessary expenses outside the hospital.
The Korean CEO revealed that he too had suffered from heart disease, but was able to undergo surgery with financial help, which is why he wanted to return the favor by helping out other patients in need.
Phonphiboun’s father, 35-year-old Mr. Sengaloun Sounthaly thanked both the Severance Hospital and The Green Company for their help and support.