Samsung Vina Electronics Co on Wednesday December 01 announced sponsorship of US$112,800 to pay for corrective surgery on Vietnamese children with the spine deforming disease called scoliosis, and training Vietnamese doctors in the relevant techniques.
The “Heart To Heart” programme, which will run until 2006, involves sending young patients from the HCM City Orthopedic Hospital to the Samsung Medical Centre in Korea for the free spinal surgery.
Doctors from Vietnam will also go to the centre, in their case for advanced training in spinal surgery.
At Wednesday’s press conference to announce the sponsorship, Samsung Vina general director Young Hoon Chun said many children would benefit from “Heart to Heart”.
The Samsung Medical Centre puts the cost of each operation and the associated tissue transplant at around US$4,500.
This is the second dose of medical largesse from Samsung Vina and the Samsung Medical Centre.
Previously, Samsung Vina gave US$250,000 to pay for medicine, surgery and other treatment for young heart patients at Hanoi Paediatrics Hospital and the Samsung Medical Centre.
And like this time, it paid for Vietnamese heart doctors to supplement their skills in Korea.