Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Young woman dies after necrosis battle

Young woman dies after necrosis battle

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
An old photo of Soth Rey, 18, who died due to complications from necrosis, a form of rapid cell degeneration, on Saturday in Phnom Penh. Photo supplied

Young woman dies after necrosis battle

Soth Rey, the 18-year-old young woman from Siem Reap who contracted a rare case of necrosis, a form of rapid cell degeneration, has died in the Sen Sok International University Hospital in Phnom Penh.

Rey, who fell ill in December after an unknown Siem Reap doctor pulled several of her teeth after a sinus infection, lost the majority of her right cheek and nose from the illness.

She was hospitalised in the capital for nearly a month after Yulia Khouri, a Phnom Penh resident, learned about her case and volunteered to cover the costs of her treatment. But Rey’s immune system was severely compromised, and she was battling a host of secondary illnesses, including pneumonia in her right lung.

“We confirm that Soth Rey died on March 25, 2017 in the morning at 6:30,” Dr Ivan Matela, one of the doctors caring for Rey, wrote in an email. “The cause of death was severe septicaemia and pneumonia.”

Khouri, who spent the last three weeks sitting by Rey’s bedside and raising funds for her treatment, wrote on her Facebook page that Rey’s body was transported to her family in Siem Reap by ambulance.

“She died with no pain, no suffering, surrounded by [the] love and care of her sister and medical staff at the hospital that all came to love her,” Khouri wrote.

MOST VIEWED

  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • Shipwreck found off coast of Koh Kong

    Royal Cambodian Navy researchers are working to identify a decades-old shipwreck found earlier this month off the coast of Koh Kong province. Divers found the 70-metre-long wreck on April 4 about a mile from Koh Chhlam island, according to Navy officials. Deputy Navy Commander Tea Sokha,