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Sa is a military veteran from Cambodia who needs $446 to fund a foot amputation.

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February 19, 2020

Sa is a retired member of the military. He enjoys taking care of his five grandchildren, listening to the radio, and visiting the pagoda in his free time. He has two sons and two daughters.

In 1992, Sa was injured in the thigh from a gun shot and he lost sensation in his left leg. Since then, the wound has never been treated. In the last two years, his injuries have gotten worse after he accidentally stepped on a sharp object while on his family’s farm. He is now unable to walk without support and he experiences swelling, pain, and further numbness in his left foot.

Surgery will remove his left foot and relieve him of any pain or further worsening of the condition. He looks forward to returning to his family and no longer having to worry about his foot injuries.

Sa shared, “I hope that my surgery goes well and my wounds will finally heal and I will no longer be in any pain.”

Sa is a retired member of the military. He enjoys taking care of his five grandchildren, listening to the radio, and visiting the pagoda in ...

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Sa's Timeline

  • February 19, 2020

    Sa was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • February 20, 2020

    Sa received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • February 20, 2020

    Sa's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 26, 2020

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


    Sa is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $446 for Sa'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?

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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.