Sick Cambodian child who met S. Korean first lady to receive surgery in Seoul: official

A Cambodian child with a congenital heart disease who recently met with South Korean first lady Kim Keon-hee is expected to receive surgery in Seoul, according to a presidential official Sunday.

Kim visited the 14-year-old child earlier this month in Phnom Penh while accompanying President Yoon Suk-yeol on his trip to Cambodia. At a hospital there, Kim discussed ways to provide treatment for the child, who received heart surgery in 2018 but was not able to afford follow-up surgery due to the family’s poor economic situation.

A presidential official told Yonhap News Agency the child is expected to be brought to South Korea for surgery. The official said Asan Medical Center in Seoul will handle the surgery.

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