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Success! Savin from Cambodia raised $446 to fund an amputation to restore her mobility.

  • $446 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Savin's treatment was fully funded on December 27, 2021.

Photo of Savin post-operation

January 4, 2022

Savin underwent surgery to heal and restore her mobility.

At the recommendation of a referral hospital, Savin traveled three hours to Children’s Surgical Centre for diagnosis and treatment of the recurrent tumor on her right foot. After a successful surgery, Savin’s life will change because she will be able to walk again and help on the family farm.

Savin said: “I am hopeful the tumor will not return and my pain will disappear. I want to lead a normal life, and take care of my husband and children. Thank you to the CSC staff who has helped me so much.”

At the recommendation of a referral hospital, Savin traveled three hours to Children's Surgical Centre for diagnosis and treatment of the re...

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October 21, 2021

Savin is a 38-year-old married mother of three children, including two sons and one daughter. Savin’s husband works as a farmer. Her daughter is 16 years old and has started working in a restaurant, while her older son is 14 years old and is a young monk. Her 11 year old son is a student in third grade.

Since 2018, Savin has experienced severe pain on her right foot. At first, she would travel far for pain relief treatments. Later on her toe was amputated and biopsied. However, in 2020, the tumor reappeared at the stump site and has been causing her even more pain.

Doctors at a public hospital recommended that Savin visit our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for further evaluation and treatment. When Savin visited CSC, she had a painful and swollen right foot and a weak distal pulse. On October 21st, surgeons will perform a below knee amputation to remove the tumor completely and prevent further damage and pain for Savin. Now, she needs help raising $446 to fund her procedure and care.

Savin shared, “I hope I will finally be comfortable and can get around better after this procedure.”

Savin is a 38-year-old married mother of three children, including two sons and one daughter. Savin's husband works as a farmer. Her daughte...

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Savin's Timeline

  • October 21, 2021

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

  • October 21, 2021

    Savin 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.

  • October 26, 2021

    Savin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 27, 2021

    Savin's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 4, 2022

    Savin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $446 for Savin'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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