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Success! Sok Thorn from Cambodia raised $446 to fund an amputation.

Sok Thorn
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  • $446 raised, $0 to go
$446
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sok Thorn's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Sok Thorn post-operation

July 7, 2017

Sok Thorn underwent an amputation.

Sok Thorn’s treatment went well. Following the procedure, he was instructed to keep his right hand elevated to prevent swelling and he was given pain medication to take as needed. Sok Thorn is now able to use his hand more easily than before and he does not experience any pain.

Sok Thorn says, “I am happy with the results. I can use my hand without any pain.”

Sok Thorn's treatment went well. Following the procedure, he was instructed to keep his right hand elevated to prevent swelling and he was g...

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May 17, 2017

Sok Thorn is a 16-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He has four siblings, two sisters and two brothers. When not working, Sok Thorn likes to play badminton, watch TV, and listen to music.

In January 2016, Sok Thorn was in an accident in which he fractured his right index finger. He was taken to the hospital, where surgeons performed an ORIF procedure. Though his fractured healed, Sok Thorn still cannot bend his finger.

On May 17, Sok Thorn will undergo surgery at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, our medical partner’s care center, to have his finger amputated. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is asking for $446 to cover the cost of Sok Thorn’s treatment.

After surgery, Sok Thorn will be able to use his hand more comfortably.

Sok Thorn is a 16-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He has four siblings, two sisters and two brothers. When not working, Sok Thor...

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Sok Thorn's Timeline

  • May 17, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sok Thorn was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • May 17, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sok Thorn 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.

  • May 23, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sok Thorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 7, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sok Thorn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sok Thorn's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Amputation
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $446 for Sok Thorn's treatment
Hospital Fees
$94
Medical Staff
$344
Medication
$0
Supplies
$8
  • 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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