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Success! Kuthea from Cambodia raised $446 to fund an amputation so she has greater mobility and independence.

Kuthea
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  • $446 raised, $0 to go
$446
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Kuthea's treatment was fully funded on August 5, 2021.

Photo of Kuthea post-operation

August 8, 2021

Kuthea underwent an amputation so she can have greater mobility and independence.

Kuthea’s condition has made life difficult for her. This rehabilitative surgery will alleviate the chronic infections she has and prepare her for improved mobility. Importantly, it will help her participate in daily life in her community.

Kuthea looks forward to working with the physiotherapy team to prepare her for the use of a prosthetic.

Her mother said: “Kuthea has been so shy because of her health issues. We are hopeful this surgery will help her be more independent and have more confidence.”

Kuthea's condition has made life difficult for her. This rehabilitative surgery will alleviate the chronic infections she has and prepare he...

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July 6, 2021

Kuthea is a 23-year-old woman who lives with her parents and her brother and sister. Her parents are seasonal farmers, while her younger siblings are still in school. In her free time, she enjoys watching TV, reading books, helping her siblings study, and talking with neighbors.

Kuthea was born with a form of spina bifida which has caused neurological dysfunction in her legs and lower back. She has never been able to walk and has no sensation below her knees. This has limited her independence in her daily life.

Kuthea visited our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) hoping for treatment. At CSC, doctors will perform an amputation of her right foot to prepare her to use prosthetics that will increase her mobility. This procedure will also reduce her chronic discomfort and pain. Once she has fully recovered, she will undergo a physiotherapy course and practice using a prosthetic that will allow her to walk more easily.

Kuthea shared, “I am thankful for this chance to get this procedure. I hope that I can recover soon, and walk easily when I am back home.”

Kuthea is a 23-year-old woman who lives with her parents and her brother and sister. Her parents are seasonal farmers, while her younger sib...

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Kuthea's Timeline

  • July 6, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 6, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kuthea 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.

  • July 7, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kuthea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 5, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kuthea's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kuthea's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Amputation
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $446 for Kuthea'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.