Founder of Kantha Bopha Hospital, Beat Richner Dies at 71
Phnom Penh- Born on March 13, 1947, Beat Richner was a cellist and doctor who helped save thousands of Cambodian children during his time as head of the Cambodian children’s hospital, Kantha Bopha until 2017 when he stepped down due to a serious illness. He died on September 9, 2018 in Zurich, Switzerland where he spent his last days of life.
He was sent to Cambodia to work from 1974 to 1975 at Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital, named after Sihanouk’s young daughter Norodom Kantha Bopha (1948 – 1952) from leukemia. When answered to the call of the King, he returned to Cambodia to rebuild the damaged hospitals left by the Khmer Rouge, where he founded the Kantha Bopha Foundation and built 5 Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals that treats half a million children every year free of charge.
Dr. Beat Richner, the founder of Kantha Bopha hospital
Going by “Beatocello”, he performs free concerts playing his cello where he raises awareness about the health crisis in Cambodia and asks people for blood, and money donations for participants. Dr Richner leaves behind an exceptional legacy deserving admiration, a statement from the Kantha Bopha Foundation.
He died on September 9, 2018 in Zurich, Switzerland where he spent his last days of life.