WORLD Families of young heart patients send masks to Yunnan

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Families of young heart patients send masks to Yunnan

China Daily

14:28, February 06, 2020

A group of Cambodian families whose children are recovering or have recovered from congenital heart diseases in Southwest China's Yunnan province, have donated hundreds of masks to China, helping Chinese hospitals fight against the novel coronavirus.

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A ceremony marking the donation of masks from 86 families whose children are recovering from congenital heart disease after treatment in Yunnan province is held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Monday. (Photos provided to China Daily)

The masks were sent by Cambodian volunteers to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province,on Tuesday, after a ceremony was held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, a day earlier.

The 5,021 masks were donated by 86 families in Cambodia. Their children recovered from congenital heart diseases after free surgeries and treatment in Yunnan in the past two years.

Chinese medical teams have so far visited many provinces in Cambodia to give a free medical checkup for thousands of children with heart disease after both countries agreed in 2018 to conduct joint efforts to fight heart disease in the Southeast Asian country.

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TouTorng, a Cambodian boy recovering from congenital heart disease after free treatment in Yunnan province, poses for a photo. The boy bought a number of masks in Cambodia and sent them to China with the help of local volunteers.

Demand for masks has increased exponentially in China due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Ban Chunsocheata, 10, with her mother, bought a pack of masks and sent them to volunteers.

"Chinese doctors saved my daughter and family. Although there are not so many masks we bought, we hoped we could lend our hands to help China fight against the novel coronavirus," she said.



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