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

Nob
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$446
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Fully funded
Nob's treatment was fully funded on July 17, 2022.

Photo of Nob post-operation

July 28, 2022

Nob underwent hand surgery.

Nob feels he is lucky to be alive after his traumatic accident and even luckier that Children’s Surgical Centre was there to properly diagnose and treat him. He had an amputation of his hand and underwent a course of antibiotics to decrease the risk of any further infection. Nob will learn rehabilitative exercises from the physiotherapy team to improve his muscle strength. And, in two to six months after his wound heals, he can be fitted with a prosthesis to give him more independence. The surgeons and the physiotherapy team look forward to seeing him again to assess his recovery and offer support. He hopes to be able to dress and feed himself and find another job in his new reality of being an amputee.

Nob said: “I am grateful to be alive and return home to my wife and children. I hope that soon I can find work again to feed my family. Thank you to the staff and donors who helped to pay for my operation. My family is grateful for the work that CSC does to help us and other Cambodians.”

Nob feels he is lucky to be alive after his traumatic accident and even luckier that Children's Surgical Centre was there to properly diagno...

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March 11, 2022

Nob is married and has three daughter and one son. He enjoys listening to the news and traditional Khmer songs on the radio.

In February, Nob was electrocuted on his right hand, fell two meters, and lost consciousness. He was sent to a local hospital and then a private clinic in the capital city of Phnom Penh. They treatment him with wound dressing and IV fluids, but then he was sent back home. Still in pain, his neighbor told him about our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC).

Nob arrived to CSC with 3rd degree burns and necrosis of the right forearm skin. His doctor has determined that the tissue is dead and his hand needs to be amputated to treat his pain and prevent further infection.

Nob wants to feel like himself again and be helpful with his family. He shared, “I hope after surgery I am no longer in pain.”

Nob is married and has three daughter and one son. He enjoys listening to the news and traditional Khmer songs on the radio. In Februar...

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Nob's Timeline

  • March 11, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 11, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nob 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 14, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nob's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 17, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nob's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 28, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nob's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Amputation
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $446 for Nob'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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Di

Di is a 40-year-old man from Burma who lives with his wife and two daughters. His wife looks after her mother, who lives alone, full-time. Since neither Di nor his wife are currently employed, his brothers and sisters-in-law help provide food for him and his family. One of his daughters currently attends school, but the other is too young to enroll. About three months, one of Di's teeth broke. However, the root of the broken tooth remained in his gum, causing the area around the broken tooth to become swollen and painful. Several days later, the pain intensified, making it very difficult to sleep at night. He attempted to alleviate his symptoms by using painkillers, but they unfortunately did not help. Although he wanted to seek treatment, he was not able to do so immediately due to armed conflict in their area. Over time, his symptoms progressed. Di is currently unable to open his mouth wide due to the pain, which has now spread to his throat and chest. He also experiences difficulty breathing, has developed many small cysts on the left side of his neck, and has a swollen left cheek. Doctors want Di to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which X-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Di's CT scan and care, which is scheduled for August 9th. Di says, "I have difficulty breathing and I cannot open my mouth as wide as I want to. I can only eat rice porridge, and I cannot chew hard food."

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