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Success! Soben from Cambodia raised $446 to fund surgery that will help him walk again.

Soben
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  • $446 raised, $0 to go
$446
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Soben's treatment was fully funded on December 3, 2021.

Photo of Soben post-operation

December 14, 2021

Soben underwent surgery that will help him walk again.

Soben had a successful surgery and is recovering at the hospital. It is difficult for a healthy 29-year-old man to reconcile losing his leg, but Soben has coped well because he has been in and out of hospitals and unable to work for the last year. He is grateful for the excellent care and looks forward to getting a prosthesis and walking again soon.

Soben’s mother said: “I want to thank all the staff at CSC for my son’s care. He was not feeling good for many months, and now he has hope that he can live a good life. Thank you to the strangers who donated so that he can return to work to support our family.”

Soben had a successful surgery and is recovering at the hospital. It is difficult for a healthy 29-year-old man to reconcile losing his leg,...

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November 23, 2021

Soben is a 29-year-old construction worker. He has six siblings and currently lives at home with two of his siblings to help care for his elderly parents.

In December, Soben was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture of his left tibia. Doctors at a local hospital used hardware to repair the fracture; however, this hardware eventually became displaced and led to an infection. Soben could not get the treatment he needed at the local hospital and experienced major tissue loss and pain around the fracture area, and is now unable to walk.

Soben recently visited our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. On November 23rd, doctors will perform an amputation of his lower left leg. Following his procedure, Soben will undergo physical therapy and receive a prosthetic leg, allowing him to walk easily again. CSC is requesting $446 to fund Soben’s procedure.

Soben shared, “I am relieved that the doctors can help stop this pain and help me walk again.”

Soben is a 29-year-old construction worker. He has six siblings and currently lives at home with two of his siblings to help care for his el...

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Soben's Timeline

  • November 23, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 23, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Soben 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.

  • November 24, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Soben's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 3, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Soben's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 14, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Soben's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

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Funded by 1 donor

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