Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Fighting for his life

Vann Nath sitting alone at Tuol Sleng
I've just received an email from film director Rithy Panh with an urgent call for help. Vann Nath, the S-21 survivor and painter, who appeared in Panh's film about S-21 was admitted to Calmette Hospital yesterday with a bowel and stomach haemorrhage and is fighting for his life. Panh's appeal is for funds to help with medical bills and offers of blood donations. Elen Gallien at the Bophana Center in Phnom Penh is collecting sealed envelope donations up to and including Saturday. Vann Nath has been struggling with his health for a few years now, I sincerely hope this isn't his final battle.



Anonymous Mike Krause said...

Hey Andy,

That ~Sucks~ and I'd be happy to contribute to him but couldn't find Rithy's homepage. Let me know when you can if there's a PayPal address where I can wire some funds.


April 29, 2010 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Hi Mike,
The Bophana Center are putting an appeal together to raise funds for the family's medical bills and they are the people to contact to make payments.
I went to the hospital myself this morning to talk to the family, as Hanuman have worked with Vann Nath on many occasions for both documentary filmwork and other matters. We made a private donation to them and the worst thing is that even on the 3rd day in the hospital, the medical team are still not sure of the extent of the problem, let alone how to treat it. All very worrying.

April 29, 2010 at 2:39 PM  
Anonymous Mike Krause said...

That's a shame. I'm wondering if there aren't other options (like a private clinic run by better trained people) in Phnom Penh? I'll contact the BC Andy & thanks.


April 29, 2010 at 10:02 PM  
Blogger Jean-Sien said...

-> Mike: yes you can contact and read Rithy Panh's call at

Andy, thank you so much for the news. I am in France and I am worrying so much not to be able to see how he is.

April 30, 2010 at 4:30 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Update on 11 May 2010:
I am pleased to report that Vann Nath is now out of hospital and recuperating at home. He is still quite weak and needs to rebuild his strength before any decision is made on whether surgery will be required but it seems he is over the immediate crisis of a few days ago. He is thankful to all those that offered their support and contributions to his medical care.

May 12, 2010 at 12:10 PM  

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