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Success! Saray from Cambodia raised $446 to fund an amputation and treat his cancer.

Saray
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  • $446 raised, $0 to go
$446
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Saray's treatment was fully funded on January 27, 2022.

Photo of Saray post-operation

February 4, 2022

Saray underwent a successful amputation procedure to treat his cancer.

Saray’s procedure was a success. He underwent surgery to remove his arm at the shoulder in order to have the best chance to survive osteosarcoma. He’ll be staying at the hospital until surgeons are confident that his wound is healing well, and then he will return home to his province. His surgeons hope he will be able to use a prosthesis if his cancer has been completely removed. Saray feels hopeful that the cancer will not return, and that he will be able to care for himself and find a job.

Saray’s parents shared, “We are grateful the surgeons were able to remove the cancer, and we hope that Saray can have a good life and find a good job without his arm. It is difficult for parents to see this happen to our child, but we hope his life will be long. Thank you to the donors who paid for him to have this surgery.”

Saray's procedure was a success. He underwent surgery to remove his arm at the shoulder in order to have the best chance to survive osteosar...

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December 8, 2021

Saray is a 16-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. His parents are rice farmers, and he has an older brother and an older sister. When he is not working, he enjoys playing football, volleyball and games on his phone. He also likes to sing with his friends.

Four months ago, while playing football, Saray fell on his shoulder and a mass appeared and grew quickly. A biopsy revealed that he has osteosarcoma of the shoulder, a rare type of bone cancer in which cancerous cells produce irregular bone. Although osteosarcoma is rare, it is the most common childhood bone cancer. He cannot move his shoulder and experiences persistent bone pain. Fortunately, a CT scan revealed that cancer has not yet spread. This diagnosis is very difficult for a young man with his whole life ahead of him.

When Saray’s parents learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), they traveled there to see a specialist. On December 8th, surgeons at CSC will perform a shoulder disarticulation procedure, during which they will separate his entire arm from the shoulder joint. This procedure will remove the mass, avoid metastasis, and allow Saray to seek further treatment. Now, he and his family need help raising $446 to fund his procedure and care.

Saray shared that he hopes that cancer will not reappear after the mass is gone, and he can be without pain.

Saray is a 16-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. His parents are rice farmers, and he has an older brother and an older sister. Whe...

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Saray's Timeline

  • December 8, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Saray was submitted by Ellen Interlandi, Volunteer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • December 8, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Saray 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.

  • December 13, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Saray's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 27, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Saray's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 4, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Saray's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

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

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.