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Success! Im from Cambodia raised $446 to fund surgery for an infection on her foot.

Im
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$446
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$0
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Fully funded
Im's treatment was fully funded on February 7, 2021.

Photo of Im post-operation

January 15, 2021

Im underwent surgery for an infection on her foot.

Im’s procedure to treat her foot went well and she will continue to receive treatment at the hospital until her wound has fully healed. Now no infection will spread in her foot and once she fully recovers, Im will be able to walk easily and continue with all her day to day activities.

Im said, “I am happy that there was not any bigger problem on my foot, and that the infection was stopped. I hope that I can heal well and not have any problems in the future.”

Im's procedure to treat her foot went well and she will continue to receive treatment at the hospital until her wound has fully healed. Now ...

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October 1, 2020

Im is a 60-year-old woman who married with two sons, two daughters, and five grandchildren. She enjoys taking care of her grandchildren and watching TV.

Im is diabetic and developed a wound on her right big toe a month ago. It has developed to a necrotic stage with exposed bone. Unfortunately, it is swollen and very painful for her to walk.

On October 1st, Watsi’s Medical Partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, will perform an amputation of the toe so her wound will not spread further and she will be able to walk again without pain.

Im shared, “I am so worried about my wound becoming even worse so I am thankful the surgeons can help me.”

Im is a 60-year-old woman who married with two sons, two daughters, and five grandchildren. She enjoys taking care of her grandchildren and ...

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Im's Timeline

  • October 1, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 1, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Im 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 2, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Im's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 15, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Im's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 7, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Im's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

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