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Success! Phal from Cambodia raised $446 to fund an amputation and regain his mobility.

Phal
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  • $446 raised, $0 to go
$446
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Phal's treatment was fully funded on August 23, 2021.

Photo of Phal post-operation

September 20, 2021

Phal underwent an amputation to regain his mobility.

Phal had a successful foot amputation at our medical partner CSC which alleviated the chronic infection that caused pain and mobility difficulties. Phal is focused on his full recovery and is taking prescribed antibiotics to avoid any further infection. He is looking forward to work with the physiotherapy team to be prepared to use a prosthetic. Soon, he will be able to look for work again.

Phal’s wife shares the family’s appreciation, “Thank you to all the donors who made this surgery possible. I know the staff at CSC will try their best to help my husband so he can work again to help support our family and children.”

Phal had a successful foot amputation at our medical partner CSC which alleviated the chronic infection that caused pain and mobility diffic...

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August 5, 2021

Phal is a 47-year-old who works as a farmer during the rainy season and works in construction during the dry season. He and his wife have three sons together. His oldest son and wife work at a shoe factory, while his younger sons continue to study and occasionally help their father with work too.

In March 2020, Phal stepped on a sharp piece of wood creating a small wound on his right foot. He treated the wound at home for a month, but it never healed and eventually became infected. The infection spread to the point that he cannot put weight on the foot and can no longer do any work.

Phal traveled for two hours to visit our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, where doctors determined that due to the infection, his foot will need to be amputated. On August 5th, Phal will undergo surgery. Once he has recovered, he will undergo a physiotherapy program and receive a prosthetic that will allow him to walk and work easily again without pain. Now, he needs help to raise $446 to fund the procedure.

Phal shared, “I hope that I can heal quickly and feel no pain on my foot. I want to get back to work to help and support my family.”

Phal is a 47-year-old who works as a farmer during the rainy season and works in construction during the dry season. He and his wife have th...

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Phal's Timeline

  • August 5, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 5, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phal 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.

  • August 7, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phal's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 23, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phal's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 20, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phal's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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