Kayeng Yang Update - America Gave Me This Gift

Written by Dori Shimoda

When we first observed Kayeng during our visit to his home in Xieng Khouang Province in northern Laos, we watched him play and talk up a storm.  Like clockwork, every five minutes, he stopped whatever he was doing, winced, and pressed his left eye with his hand for a few seconds.  Having achieved apparent relief, he continued playing and talking. 

Kayeng Yang Update - Only Daddy Can Touch Me

Written by Dori Shimoda

 

Today, January 25, marks the start of a new beginning for Kayeng.  Though from Kayeng’s perspective, it was far from pleasant.  Today is the first day of five intense days of examinations.  There were a team of surgeons and pediatricians conferring to understand the details of bomb’s impact on Kayeng’s face and facial functions and to help them develop a strategy on how to approach Kayeng’s surgery.

Kayeng Yang Update - “If We Don’t Help the Kid, Who Else Will?”

Written by Dori Shimoda

January 30, 2013

In late November 2012, we were leaving Kayeng’s home after spending a couple of hours with Kayeng and his family.  Barbara and Kayeng’s grandmother hugged goodbye.  Suddenly, the grandmother began to cry.  She asked Barbara if she could find help for Kayeng.  Without giving it a second thought or consulting with me, Barbara said “Yes, we will do everything in our power to help Kayeng.”  It was the nurse in Barbara.

Kayeng Yang Update - “I Will Take These (Shells) Home for Grandma”

January 24, 2013

Written by Dori Shimoda

We ate a sumptuous buffet breakfast.  Kayeng ate hotdogs for the first time.  He ate 5 of them.  We accompanied Dori to his medical appointment. 

        

Kayeng Yang Update - Avoiding An Eye-Popping Experience

Written by Dori Shimoda

The much anticipated trip to Bangkok began today January 22, 2013.  Kayeng will be relieved of the excruciatingly gnawing pains that began when the bomb exploded in his face one year ago.  A team of Bumrungrad International Hospital doctors will apply their years of experience to repair Kayeng’s breathing and reconstruct his face to look as normal as possible.  We will find out if Kayeng will ever see again.

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