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Success! Phanun from Cambodia raised $446 to fund hand surgery.

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Phanun's treatment was fully funded on May 18, 2017.

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May 26, 2017

Phanun underwent hand surgery.

Phanun’s treatment went well. Following the procedure, he was instructed to keep his right hand elevated, and he was given antibiotics. He performed gentle range of motion exercises for two weeks before beginning physiotherapy. His wounds have healed nicely, and his stitches were removed. He experiences stiffness, but he will continue physiotherapy to improve the flexibility of his index finger. He does not experience any pain.

Phanun’s mother says, “I am happy to see my son doing better. Thanks to all of the staff at CSC and the donors for helping my son.”

Phanun's treatment went well. Following the procedure, he was instructed to keep his right hand elevated, and he was given antibiotics. He p...

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March 16, 2017

Meet Phanun, a 15-year-old boy from Cambodia who likes to play football, listen to music, and watch TV during his free time. To support his family of seven siblings, Phanun decided to stop going to school and start working at a restaurant.

Phanun recently got his fingers caught in a sausage machine while working at the restaurant. Although he went to a hospital in Phnom Penh for treatment on the day of his accident, the condition of his hand has only worsened. His right index finger is very swollen, and his fractured middle finger causes him a lot of pain. Using his injured hand is very difficult. Furthermore, there is severe necrosis, or tissue death, in his middle finger. If left untreated, this could spread to other tissue in his hand, causing further pain and complications.

Phanun’s parents learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), from a relative. Phanun traveled for four hours with his mother to reach CSC for treatment. On March 17, surgeons at CSC will amputate Phanun’s middle finger in order to prevent the necrosis from spreading. This will allow the rest of his right hand to heal. Over time, he will regain full function of his hand. Now, his family needs help to pay for this $446 procedure.

Meet Phanun, a 15-year-old boy from Cambodia who likes to play football, listen to music, and watch TV during his free time. To support his ...

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Phanun's Timeline

  • March 16, 2017

    Phanun was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • March 17, 2017

    Phanun 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 20, 2017

    Phanun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 18, 2017

    Phanun's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 26, 2017

    Phanun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $446 for Phanun's treatment
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  • 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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