Cambodia, Phnom Penh, April 2006
Last year, Eng Hakly, 29, was in Maryknoll's Hospice, where some of the most critical AIDS cases in Cambodia are found. ARV treatment was not widely available until mid 2005, and after an extended bout with TB and a CD-4 count of 2, at times she was on the verge of death. Eventually ARV medication was given to her and according to the Maryknoll doctors she started making a very quick recovery. She still has the same quiet determination in her eyes, and she is well enough to live with other Maryknoll patients in a house that Maryknoll has rented for them. She has few job prospects as she is illiterate, but Maryknoll will help her find a job in an effort to let her regain her independence.