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Success! Sophea from Cambodia raised $446 to fund surgery on his foot.

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Sophea's treatment was fully funded on June 10, 2022.

Photo of Sophea post-operation

June 17, 2022

Sophea underwent surgery on his foot.

Losing a limb is never easy and can affect patients mentally and physically. Sophea has had many physical challenges and has found a new normal after his surgery. He spent a long time in the hospital as his wound healed, and has started to work with the physiotherapy team. Once his wound has healed completely, he can be fitted with a prosthesis and re-establish basic movement. He feels his life is better because he won’t have to worry about chronic infections, and has learned to take better care of his feet. Surgeons are looking forward to measuring his progress and hope no more surgery will be needed.

Sophea’s daughter said: “We are grateful for my father’s chance to walk again after his illness. It means a lot to our family. We want to thank the CSC staff who have taken good care of him and tried to save his foot and to the donors who paid for his surgery and his rehabilitation.”

Losing a limb is never easy and can affect patients mentally and physically. Sophea has had many physical challenges and has found a new nor...

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February 28, 2022

Sophea is a 61-year-old widower with one son, two daughters, and several grandchildren. All of his children are married, but one of his daughters and her husband still live with him, which is nice company for Sophea.

For about 15 years, Sophea has had hypertension and type two diabetes, but he has been unable to afford regular check-ups. Three months ago, he injured his left foot. The wound was treated, but now he has an ulcer, gangrene, and cannot feel his foot or walk without crutches.

Fortunately, our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), is helping Sophea receive treatment. Surgeons there have determined the best course of action is an amputation of the infected portion of his foot. On February 28th, doctors will perform a Chopart amputation at the junction of his midfoot and hindfoot, near his ankle. After recovery, he hopes to have no more infections and can be back to being mobile again. Now, he needs help to fund the $446 procedure.

Sophea shared, “I hope my foot will no longer have infections, and I can walk without crutches.”

Sophea is a 61-year-old widower with one son, two daughters, and several grandchildren. All of his children are married, but one of his daug...

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Sophea's Timeline

  • February 28, 2022

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

  • February 28, 2022

    Sophea 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 1, 2022

    Sophea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 10, 2022

    Sophea's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 17, 2022

    Sophea's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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