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Koun is a farmer from Cambodia who needs $446 to fund an amputation.

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February 23, 2017

Koun is a 59-year-old farmer who is married and has four sons and two daughters. He likes to feed his chickens, plant vegetables, and relax in his free time.

Koun has Buerger’s disease, which is the inflammation of blood vessels. This caused necrosis, or tissue death, in a toe of his left foot. He went to a Khmer traditional healer for treatment, but his symptoms did not improve. It is difficult for Koun to walk, and he is in pain.

Koun heard about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), from his relative. He traveled for three hours with his wife to reach CSC for treatment. There, surgeons told Koun that they will need to perform an amputation of his left leg to prevent the spread of infection. His procedure is scheduled for February 24.

Koun and his family cannot afford this procedure, so CSC is requesting $446 on his behalf.

Koun is a 59-year-old farmer who is married and has four sons and two daughters. He likes to feed his chickens, plant vegetables, and relax ...

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Koun's Timeline

  • February 23, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Koun was submitted by Korng Hout, Accountant at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • February 24, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Koun received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre.

  • February 27, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Koun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 12, 2017
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Koun is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Amputation
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $446 for Koun's treatment
Hospital Fees
$94
Medical Staff
$344
Medication
$0
Supplies
$8
  • 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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