Korea provides medical treatment for a nine-year-old Mongolian boy

A team of Korean surgeons has given a whole
new life to a boy from Mongolia. Born with a rare congenital malformation,
Nergu has suffered all his life… without a nose and nostrils.
But now… three pro bono surgeries later… provided by Seoul… the nine year-old can
now breathe better, eat better… has a whole life ahead of him.
Our Kim Hye-sung has the story of Nergu. Nergu, a nine-year-old Mongolian boy, was
born without a nose and nostrils. He could only breathe through his mouth, due
to a congenital malformation so rare that only one or two cases are reported in the
world every year, with most children dying before the age of one.
But that wasn’t the case for Nergu, as a Korean hospital provided free surgeries and treatments
for him to start a new, pain-free life. “We heard of Nergu’s case through the Korean
Health Industry Development Institute. After the operation, he was able to breathe through
his nose without difficulty,… giving us a sense of fulfillment and hope. We will keep
track of his condition and provide further treatments as he grows.” After two previous operations in 2013 and
2014, Nergu visited Korea for the third time to receive another reconstructive surgery
on June 15th, with the medical team transplanting an artificial nose that fits his bigger, more
developed facial bone structure. “Without the Korean medical team, my son could
have died. Now he can breathe well and eat well. I really want to thank the doctors ” Nergu was discharged from the hospital on
Tuesday, and his case is cited as an exemplary model of Korea’s pro bono medical services
for foreign patients. The Korean Health Industry Development Institute
started providing medical treatment support since 2011, and Nergu’s story is one of more
than three-hundred cases of foreign patients receiving advanced and life-saving procedures
in Korea for free. “Korea has already helped many foreign patients,
particularly children, who suffer from a variety of conditions regain their health. And the
number of successful cases is likely to keep increasing.
Kim Hye-sung, Arirang News.”

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