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Sophea is a 31-year-old mother from Cambodia who needs $352 to fund mobility-restoring leg surgery.

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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 SCHEDULED

    Sophea was scheduled to receive 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.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Sophea is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 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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Evans works hard as a motorcycle taxi driver. He's the second-born in a family of five and had to drop out of school in grade 8 after his parents were unable to pay his secondary school fees. He opted to take a “Boda boda” (motorcycle taxi) job so that he could support his siblings and his children. Evans has two children that he works hard to provide for and he hopes to get married in the future. Now, he worries about not walking again. He is a hardworking and industrious man who makes ends meet for his young children. Two days ago, Evans sustained a traumatic right femur and tibia fracture after he was involved in a road traffic accident. He was rushed to the hospital for x-rays. Because he had an open wound on his femur, Evans was taken to the operating room for emergency washout surgery. A cast was placed and he was admitted to the surgical ward as doctors plan for his care. Evans is unable to walk or lift his right leg due to the fractures. He is worried that he'll continue lying in the hospital bed in a lot of pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH) can help. On September 7th, Evans will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF). Evans will heal and be able to work. He'll be able to fend for himself and help out his family and children. AMH is requesting $1247 to fund this procedure. Being single and without a proper job, Evans has very little to help him undergo this surgery. He has come out to ask well-wishers to help him raise money for his surgery so that he can walk again and continue supporting his family. Evans says, “If I could be walking now, I could be out there looking for a job and supporting my family. I have faith that I will walk again."

88% funded

88%funded
$1,106raised
$141to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Evans

Evans works hard as a motorcycle taxi driver. He's the second-born in a family of five and had to drop out of school in grade 8 after his parents were unable to pay his secondary school fees. He opted to take a “Boda boda” (motorcycle taxi) job so that he could support his siblings and his children. Evans has two children that he works hard to provide for and he hopes to get married in the future. Now, he worries about not walking again. He is a hardworking and industrious man who makes ends meet for his young children. Two days ago, Evans sustained a traumatic right femur and tibia fracture after he was involved in a road traffic accident. He was rushed to the hospital for x-rays. Because he had an open wound on his femur, Evans was taken to the operating room for emergency washout surgery. A cast was placed and he was admitted to the surgical ward as doctors plan for his care. Evans is unable to walk or lift his right leg due to the fractures. He is worried that he'll continue lying in the hospital bed in a lot of pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH) can help. On September 7th, Evans will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF). Evans will heal and be able to work. He'll be able to fend for himself and help out his family and children. AMH is requesting $1247 to fund this procedure. Being single and without a proper job, Evans has very little to help him undergo this surgery. He has come out to ask well-wishers to help him raise money for his surgery so that he can walk again and continue supporting his family. Evans says, “If I could be walking now, I could be out there looking for a job and supporting my family. I have faith that I will walk again."

88% funded

88%funded
$1,106raised
$141to go