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Sophal is a grandmother from Cambodia who needs $413 to fund surgery to remove a tumor on her arm.

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November 20, 2019

Sophal has two sons, five daughters, and ten grandchildren. She enjoys cleaning the house, cooking, and taking care of her grandchildren.

In early January 2019, Sophal started to experience pain in her left shoulder after an accident, and was unable to work or continue with daily activities. Her pain persisted, and she visited other hospitals for treatment, but they did not have any success. When she arrived, her biopsy results showed that Sophal is likely to have malignant cancer in her arm.

Sophal will undergo a shoulder disarticulation to remove her arm, which will hopefully limit the spreading of the cancer and relieve her pain.

Sophal shared, “I hope that my surgery will go well and that afterwards, I will no longer be in anymore pain.”

Sophal has two sons, five daughters, and ten grandchildren. She enjoys cleaning the house, cooking, and taking care of her grandchildren. ...

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Sophal's Timeline

  • November 20, 2019

    Sophal was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • November 20, 2019

    Sophal received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • November 27, 2019

    Sophal's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 03, 2019

    Awaiting Sophal's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.


    Sophal is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $413 for Sophal's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Often, patients in need of an amputation have inadequate blood circulation in an area of the body, causing affected tissues to die and allowing infection to develop. Other causes include severe injury, severe burn, serious infection that does not improve with other treatments, or thickening of nerve tissue.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Without treatment, patients are in pain and have difficulty using the affected area of the body. It may be difficult to conduct daily activities, work, or attend school.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Severe injuries caused by traffic accidents or burns are common in Cambodia. Due to the limited availability of free treatment in Cambodia, injuries are ineffectively treated by Khmer traditional healers or not treated at all, causing symptoms to worsen over time.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Amputation is the surgical removal of all or part of a limb or extremity. Surgeons remove all damaged tissue, leaving as much healthy tissue as possible. They smooth uneven areas of bone, seal blood vessels and nerves, and cut and shape muscles at the end of the limb.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Amputation improves quality of life for patients. It relieves major pain and prevents infection from spreading.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Amputation is a low-risk, effective surgery. However, complications may include blood clots and slow wound healing.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Access to affordable or free surgery is limited in Cambodia. Patients travel for as long as twelve hours to reach Children's Surgical Centre for free surgery. They arrive by bus, motorbike, or taxi with a family member.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Procedures that open blocked arteries may help restore blood flow. However, in the majority of cases, amputation is the only effective solution for healing.

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