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Success! David from Cambodia raised $446 to fund treatment for a congenital condition of his leg.

David
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$446
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Fully funded
David's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2020.

Photo of David post-operation

December 14, 2020

David underwent treatment for a congenital condition of his leg.

David’s parents were not able to work because of his congenital illness and had to borrow money from others to treat him over the years. After he had his surgery to remove the lower part of his left leg, his wound is healing, and he has started physiotherapy. He is looking forward to being able to walk normally with a prosthesis. He received a coloring book and crayons to keep him busy as he’s healing, and he looks forward to going home again.

David told the nurses, “I hope I can walk like other kids.”

David's parents were not able to work because of his congenital illness and had to borrow money from others to treat him over the years. Aft...

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November 26, 2020

David is a seven-year-old student with one younger sister, she is six months old. His mother works in a factory and his father is a tuk tuk driver. In his free time, David likes playing with his toys, watching TV, reading books, and playing with his sister.

David was born with congenital pseudartrosis of the tibia on his left side. This means his left shin bone is severely fractured and is unable to heal due to this rare orthopedic condition. He has already undergone two operations which doctors hoped would treat his condition, but they were unsuccessful at healing the nonunion fracture. The surgeries and recovery periods have been painful and his family and doctors are no longer hopeful that his bone will heal due to the pseudartrosis condition. In light of this, surgeons at our medical partner CSC have recommended a low left leg amputation to ensure he is free of pain in the future and is able to adapt at a younger age to ambulating without his lower left leg. He will not require further surgeries for his condition after this amputation and can live a better quality of life.

David’s mother shared, “I hope my son’s leg will get better and heal quickly so he does not have to experience a painful wound any longer.”

David is a seven-year-old student with one younger sister, she is six months old. His mother works in a factory and his father is a tuk tuk ...

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David's Timeline

  • November 26, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    David was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • November 26, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    David received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre in Cambodia. 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 28, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    David's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 1, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    David's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 14, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    David's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Amputation
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $446 for David's treatment
Hospital Fees
$86
Medical Staff
$353
Medication
$0
Supplies
$3
Labs
$3
Radiology
$1
  • 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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