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Success! Him from Cambodia raised $446 to fund arm surgery and heal her infection.

Him
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  • $446 raised, $0 to go
$446
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Him's treatment was fully funded on July 14, 2022.

Photo of Him post-operation

July 22, 2022

Him underwent arm surgery.

Him received the news of the loss of her arm bravely and while she remained hospitalized, she tried to adjust to life as an amputee. Two to six months after surgery, she can be fitted with a prosthesis and this will help her be more independent and perform simple tasks on her own, which she is hopeful to start doing again. Her pain has decreased and she hopes to adjust to her new normal. This means setting goals to re-learn how to cook and clean for her family with one arm. Him says she is fortunate that she did not die in the accident, and she has a family to help support her.

Him’s husband said: “We are grateful to the CSC team for the care Him received at the hospital. We also want to thank the donors who gave money so that she could have this operation and return home to us safely.”

Him received the news of the loss of her arm bravely and while she remained hospitalized, she tried to adjust to life as an amputee. Two to ...

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March 10, 2022

Him is a 40-year-old woman who used to work in the market near her home. She is married to a rice farmer and has two sons and one daughter. Her sons are 15 and 12 years old, her daughter is 6 years old. Him enjoys cooking for her family, walking her daughter to and from school, and watching Khmer movies. She was a clothes seller at the market, but stopped after her injury.

Last August, Him was in a traffic accident and fractured the bone in her right upper arm. She went to a government hospital for surgery to repair the bone. She left soon after the operation because they couldn’t afford the cost to stay, even though her fracture had not yet healed well. Now she has an open wound, feels poorly, and cannot use her arm.

A neighbor suggested Him visit Children’s Surgical Centre for further treatment. She and her family traveled two hours to the hospital, where surgeons diagnosed a Volkmann contracture, which occurs when there is a lack of blood flow to the forearm. There is increased pressure due to swelling, a condition called compartment syndrome. Surgeons have determined they are not able to save her arm and plan to do an above-the-elbow amputation. The total cost of his procedure is $446, which covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. The procedure is scheduled for March 10th and Him needs help to pay for this procedure.

Him shared, “I hope after surgery I won’t have pain or infection anymore. This treatment will help me in the future to work to support my family.”

Him is a 40-year-old woman who used to work in the market near her home. She is married to a rice farmer and has two sons and one daughter. ...

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Him's Timeline

  • March 10, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 10, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Him 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.

  • March 12, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Him's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 14, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Him's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 22, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Him's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Amputation
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $446 for Him'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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