Peter Chhun, founder of organization that helps Cambodian children with heart ailments, dies at 71

Peter Chhun, the founder of Long Beach nonprofit Hearts without Boundaries, which helped save the lives of about 100 poor Cambodian children with heart ailments, has died. He was 71.

Chhun, a Cambodian native who lived in the Southeast Asian country during the rise of the Khmer Rouge, died this week at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center’s acute care facility, in San Pedro. He had been ailing since having a hemorrhagic stroke — when a blood vessel breaks and bleeds into the brain — in 2017.

The Long Beach resident was a news cameraman by trade. But it was Hearts without Boundaries, founded in 2006, and his work helping children with heart defects that gave Chhun’s life purpose.

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