How doctor’s free surgery brings joy to disfigured children in Cambodia

Fionnuala McHugh:

Jock Struthers is sitting in a small hospital on the out­skirts of Phnom Penh recalling the first time he saw a woman with a brain protrusion that almost obliterated her face.

“It was here, in Cambodia, in Banteay Meanchey province, near the Thai border. I saw her driving a motorbike, then she went into a little shop. It looked like a tumour. You see so many horrendous things … but this was a young girl.”

Struthers, who’s from New Zealand, was then working with NZAID – the country’s Agency for International Development – talking to pig farmers. He did nothing “and it always worried me”.