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Leun is a 49-year-old farmer from Cambodia who needs $352 to fund leg surgery so he can walk more easily again.

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September 7, 2021

Leun is a 49-year-old married father of two sons and two daughters. He lives with his wife who is also a farmer. Their eldest daughter is married and lives with her husband’s family. Their eldest son is a monk, and their youngest children are still in school.

Fifteen years ago, Leun developed gangrene on his left leg after a snake bite. His leg was amputated and he has ambulated with a prosthetic leg since then. Recently, he developed a wound at the amputation site that causes him pain and makes walking difficult.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a stump revision surgery to help the area heal and to allow Leun to walk again. The surgery will take place on September 7th, and now he needs help raising $352 to fund his procedure and care.

Leun shared, “I am thankful that I will be able to return to work without pain. Then I can walk easily and support my family.”

Leun is a 49-year-old married father of two sons and two daughters. He lives with his wife who is also a farmer. Their eldest daughter is ma...

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Leun's Timeline

  • September 7, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 7, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Leun 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.

  • September 9, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Leun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 8, 2021
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Leun is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Stump Revision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $352 for Leun's treatment
Hospital Fees
$86
Medical Staff
$217
Medication
$0
Supplies
$41
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Unfortunately, injuries from land mines are common in Cambodia. Patients often undergo limb amputations. Following amputation of a leg, a patient is fitted with a prosthetic limb. Surgeons create a stump with enough healthy soft tissue covering the end of the bone to allow pressure to be exerted on it comfortably. Stumps can become painful for a variety of reasons. This pain can compromise the patient's ability to walk. In addition, as scar tissue matures, it can cause distortion of the stump, which may no longer fit into the prosthesis.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Pain, discomfort, and inability to use a prosthesis make life difficult for patients requiring stump revision surgeries. Painful stumps can make mobility difficult or impossible. Patients lose their independence and ability to work.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

The majority of amputations in Cambodia result from trauma. Patients might sustain landmine injuries or infected open fractures. In contrast, amputations in the United States are usually caused by peripheral vascular disease, associated with a sedentary lifestyle, smoking, and the rising prevalence of obesity and diabetes.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

First, surgeons examine the stump to determine the cause of the problem. The patient may need surgery to cut away infected tissue, refashion the soft tissue covering the bone, saw off more of the bone, or remove a neuroma that has grown on the cut end of a nerve.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Walking with a prosthetic limb is much easier than using crutches or a self-propelled wheel chair. Patients can maintain their independence, work, and contribute to their communities. Patients with prosthetic legs tend to experience lower levels of depression because they feel more "normal."

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This surgery is very safe and very effective.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

The majority of amputees are people who live and work in the countryside. They make up one of the poorest groups in Southeast Asia and cannot afford treatment in private clinics. Children’s Surgical Centre is the only free hospital in Phnom Penh, so it receives the majority of patients with post-operative stump problems.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients can use crutches or wheelchairs for mobilization. Both of these options are slower, more awkward, expend more energy, and come with their own risks and complications.

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