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Success! Sokorn from Cambodia raised $657 to fund a surgery to remove a tumor from his foot.

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Sokorn's treatment was fully funded on August 20, 2021.

Photo of Sokorn post-operation

August 8, 2021

Sokorn underwent a surgery to remove a tumor from his foot.

Sokom’s surgery was a success and he was discharged home feeling well. Sokom’s tumor was removed from his foot and he can now walk without difficulty. He’s sleeping better and his pain is healed. He’s happy to now be able to visit his family.

His granddaughter said: “I am so happy my grandpa can come to visit us again and help us with our school work.”

Sokom's surgery was a success and he was discharged home feeling well. Sokom's tumor was removed from his foot and he can now walk without d...

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July 7, 2021

Sokorn is a retired high school teacher from Cambodia. He is from Phnom Penh, where he taught at a local high school for many years. He has eight children, five sons and three daughters. Sokorn currently lives with his youngest daughter who is also his caretaker. Altogether he has 21 grandchildren, and spends a lot of time visiting with them and bringing them small gifts. He also loves to watch boxing matches on TV.

Three months ago, Sokorn developed a tumor on his right foot. His children took him to a clinic, where the tumor was found to be malignant melanoma. He experiences pain and discomfort in his foot, and it is difficult for him to walk.

When Sokorn learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled there hoping to access treatment. On July 7th, surgeons at Children’s Surgical Centre will perform an excision and skin flap procedure to to remove the worrisome tumor from his foot, which will help him walk easily and give him peace of mind again. Now, he needs help to fund this $657 procedure.

Sokorn shared, “I am excited to get back home and recover, so I can spend more time with my family again.”

Sokorn is a retired high school teacher from Cambodia. He is from Phnom Penh, where he taught at a local high school for many years. He has ...

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Sokorn's Timeline

  • July 7, 2021

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

  • July 7, 2021

    Sokorn 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.

  • July 12, 2021

    Sokorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 8, 2021

    Sokorn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 20, 2021

    Sokorn's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Excision and Flap Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $657 for Sokorn's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Flap surgery is used for large or complex wound repair. The wound may be too large to be closed directly or may not be amenable to grafting due to poor vascularization. A flap may also be favorable to grafting due to function or aesthetics. Such a wound can be caused by trauma, cancer, or burns, which may bring about disfigurement, pain, and exposure to infection.

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

Large wounds are disfiguring, and patients may face stigmatization and social rejection. Wounds will be prone to recurrent infections, which may cause further damage to the underlying tissue. Depending on the site of the wound, there may be functional loss and the patient may lose the ability to perform tasks independently.

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

For many Cambodians, the primary mode of transport is the motorcycle. Coupled with unregulated traffic and dangerous driving practices, motorcycle accidents are very common. Soft tissue injuries arising from these accidents are often large and complex, with flap surgery being the best approach to avoid skin necrosis or infection.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Analysis of the wound location, vascularity of the wound bed, comorbidities, and cosmetic and functional significance must first be performed. Flaps can then be selected accordingly, with local and regional flaps being preferred over distant pedicled or free flaps. Prior to the skin transfer, debridement may be needed to remove dead or damaged skin. Local and regional flaps use adjacent tissue that is mobilized then advanced or pivoted into place. Distant flaps transfer tissue from a different part of the body and can be pedicled to preserve its original blood supply. The blood supply is cut off in free flaps and therefore will need to be joined to the local blood supply via microsurgery. Flap surgery can take anywhere from a short procedure for the most basic local flap, to many hours for the complex microsurgery associated with free flaps.

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

Flap surgery allows the wound to heal much faster, avoiding infection risk and a long wait for the defect to develop scar tissue. In flap reconstructive surgery of an area of the body more aesthetically sensitive, such as the face, disfigurement is reduced and patients feel more confident.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

The most common cause of flap failure is vascular compromise. Loss of blood supply to the flap could lead to partial flap loss or even total flap necrosis. In the latter, the flap must be removed. Other complications include haematoma, seroma, surgical site infection, and complications specific to the donor site. However, all these complications can be avoided with regular post-op checks of the flap and acting quickly on any foreboding signs.

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

Flaps and other reconstructive surgical procedures are accessible at local clinics and hospitals at a cost, and patients also often turn to traditional healers. Inadequate treatment or poorly designed flaps can contribute to unnecessary complications and prolonged suffering. Patients travel as much as twelve hours to reach Children's Surgical Centre for free surgery, arriving by bus, motorbike, or taxi.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Regular dressings with gauze and bandages can take many months and has a significant risk of infection, which may result in cutting away more tissue to treat it. Traditional medicine is available, but with unsuccessful results.

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Saing is a 74-year-old rice farmer. She is a widow and has one daughter, two sons, and six grandchildren. Her husband passed away during the Khmer Rouge regime, so she lives with her oldest daughter, who works in a garment factory. Saing used to be a rice farmer but shared that she can no longer work in the fields due to her declining vision. At home, Saing likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio and go to the pagoda. Four years ago, Saing developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage, and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. As a result of this condition, Saing has difficulty seeing things clearly and a hard time with day-to-day tasks. She used to cook for her daughter's family but finds it too difficult now. When Saing learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three and half hours seeking treatment. On April 22nd, she will undergo surgery to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent a recurrence. CSC is requesting $225 to cover the total cost of her procedure, which includes medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. Saing shared, "I hope my eyes stop burning after surgery, and I can go outside and be more independent."

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