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Kunthea is a woman from Cambodia who needs $446 to fund foot surgery.

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April 15, 2020

Kunthea is a 49 year-old woman who is married with one son and three daughters. She works in construction. Kunthea has been diabetic for many years. Last month she cut her foot on a sharp stone and ever since her blood sugar was so high that she could not control the bleeding. She experiences pain, swelling, and redness on her left foot.

The wound has become infected and she cannot walk. A chopart amputation of her left foot will remove the infected area and allow her to walk again and not be in pain.

Kunthea says, “I hope that I will get better and be able to walk after surgery. I want to be able to work and cook in my free time.”

“I hope that the doctor will help us with a treatment and I hope my wife will get better soon and not be in pain,” Kunthea’s husband said.

Kunthea is a 49 year-old woman who is married with one son and three daughters. She works in construction. Kunthea has been diabetic for man...

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Kunthea's Timeline

  • April 15, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kunthea was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • April 15, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kunthea 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.

  • April 16, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kunthea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 18, 2020
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Kunthea is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 3 donors

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