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Success! Sophea from Cambodia raised $352 to fund mobility-restoring leg surgery.

Sophea
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  • $352 raised, $0 to go
$352
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sophea's treatment was fully funded on November 11, 2021.

Photo of Sophea post-operation

November 15, 2021

Sophea underwent mobility-restoring leg surgery.

Sophea underwent a successful stump revision of her left leg at our medical partner CSC. She will work with the team to make sure her prosthesis fits snugly, and that she can walk without pain. Thanks to this surgery, Sophea can live a fuller life and can take small babysitting jobs to support her son’s schooling.

Sophea’s mother said: “I am relieved that Sophea will feel useful when she can walk again. She was sad when she could not use her artificial leg, and now each day she is happy to walk without pain. Thank you for improving her life.”

Sophea underwent a successful stump revision of her left leg at our medical partner CSC. She will work with the team to make sure her prosth...

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September 15, 2021

Sophea is a 31-year-old mother. She has a 10-year-old son who is in public school in fifth grade. After a divorce with her husband, she and her son live with her elderly parents. In her free time, she enjoys watching TV, playing games on her phone, reading joke books, and listening to music. To earn money, she often works as a babysitter in her community.

Sophea was born with a limb and fingers missing at birth. She received a left leg prosthesis when she was six years old, which allowed her to walk. However, over the last month, she has experienced pain from her stump while walking and can no longer tolerate the prosthesis due to the ongoing discomfort and pain.

Fortunately, our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), is helping Sophea to receive treatment. She traveled two hours to visit CSC where surgeons determined she needs a stump revision. Now, she needs $352 to fund her procedure and care.

Sophea shared that she hopes that she can lead a normal life once she has surgery so she can walk without pain.

Sophea is a 31-year-old mother. She has a 10-year-old son who is in public school in fifth grade. After a divorce with her husband, she and ...

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Sophea's Timeline

  • September 15, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 15, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sophea 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 19, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sophea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 11, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sophea's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 15, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sophea's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Stump Revision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $352 for Sophea'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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