Nov Pung is a Cambodian-American tuk-tuk driver living in Siem Reap, Cambodia. I met him in 2010, after leaving the USA for a new and different life. My journey landed me in a back-alley of Siem Reap in a $60 per studio room working as an English teacher for tuk-tuk drivers. Nov, his wife lux, and their daughter Senat became my second family. Later they had a second child, Seneat, while I was living in Cambodia.
Nov's family helped me a lot to learn the Khmer language and the Cambodian culture and customs. It is now 2019, and I am living in Paramaribo, Suriname with my Cambodian family. My wife, Pov is actually the aunt of Lux, Nov's wife. Lux is the one who came up with the idea that Pov and I should get together. They introduced us three years ago in Cambodia.
We heard some devastating news recently from Lux that Nov had been hospitalized after falling suddenly ill. Apparently this condition had gone unchecked for sometime.
He was diagnosed with "Superior Vena Cava Syndrome." I am not a doctor, but from my quick research, it appears to be a blockage of the vein carrying blood back to the heart from the upper body. Every thing I've read says cancer is the main cause of this condition.
Unfortunately for Nov, he is in a state-run Cambodian hospital with limited funds and treatment options. All they have done now is provided him with a scan and diagnosis, but can't offer him any further treatments. There are treatment options outside the state-run hospital in private clinics, and hopefully Nov can get the funds in time to potentially save his life.
Lux got Nov a cot, so he's no longer sleeping on the floor as you see in the picture. However, because of the blockage, he is unable to sleep laying down without oxygen. Lux works as a chef at a local Siem Reap restaurant making $100 a month, and they live in house her mother owns. So, Lux is able to bring enough leftover food from the restaurant home to feed the family and can make ends meet with her modest salary.
The main issue is getting Nov healthier so he can get back to being a Dad and providing for his family. His daughters and wife are doing everything they can to maintain life without Nov around.
These costs of course are all rough estimates, and it's likely the road to recovery may be a very long and much more expensive one. But based off of information from local doctors, they have agreed to start treatment if they can amass the minimum amount we are trying to raise here.