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Makara is a future teacher from Cambodia who needs $446 to fund an amputation on his foot.

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April 7, 2020

Makara is a 15 year-old young student living with his parents and four younger siblings. He likes to play football and other games. Three month ago, Makara experienced a serious motor accident that injured his leg. The right foot became infected and by the time he arrived at Watsi’s medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre it was causing him much pain and gangrene had set in.

The past month his condition has made him feel depressed and upset about his health. He did not want to leave his home and had a hard time eating and sleeping. His parents traveled five and a half hours to bring their son here to get help. Doctors recommend an amputation for Makara. After the amputation, he will not experience pain and discomfort from his foot anymore and will be able to go back to school.

“I hope that I can go to school, and do some works to help my parents. When I grow up, I want to be a teacher,” Makara said.

Makara is a 15 year-old young student living with his parents and four younger siblings. He likes to play football and other games. Three mo...

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Makara's Timeline

  • April 7, 2020

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

  • April 07, 2020

    Makara 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 07, 2020

    Makara's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 17, 2020

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


    Makara is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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