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Sinath is a man from Cambodia who needs $446 to fund an amputation so he can learn to walk again.

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February 1, 2021

Sinath is 37 years old man and about a year ago, Sinath had a tumor removed from his right knee. His knee continued to bother him, and he was unable to walk and felt poorly. More recently, Sinath fell off his motorbike and reinjured the same knee, which became more swollen and feels more painful at night. He is not able to walk without support. Doctors conducted a biopsy, which showed he has chondrosarcoma, a type of bone cancer that develops in cartilage cells. Doctors have recommended that the best course of action for him is an amputation above his left knee and then he can begin to have his mobility back and be more independent.

Sinath will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre. Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo an amputation surgery on February 2nd. Children’s Surgical Centre is requesting $446 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Once fully recovered, he will be free of pain and will slowly learn to walk again.

Sinath shared, “I hope that my right knee will have no pain nor wound infection after my surgery, and that I will heal quickly.”

Sinath is 37 years old man and about a year ago, Sinath had a tumor removed from his right knee. His knee continued to bother him, and he wa...

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Sinath's Timeline

  • February 1, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sinath was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • February 02, 2021
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Sinath was scheduled to receive 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 04, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sinath's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Sinath is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

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Treatment
Amputation
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $446 for Sinath's treatment
Hospital Fees
$86
Medical Staff
$353
Medication
$0
Supplies
$3
Labs
$3
Radiology
$1
  • 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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Phanith

Phanith is a 31-year-old photography assistant from Cambodia. He currently lives with his father and his three siblings, and he is the second child in his family. His mother passed away ten years ago. Phanith has been unable to work since his injury. On November 3rd, 2020, Phanith was in a motor vehicle accident that caused injury and paralysis of his right arm. He was taken to a provincial hospital, then transferred due to the seriousness of his injuries. Phanith was released after a month but is still unable to move his right shoulder or lift his arm. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his right side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. As a result, Phanith is unable to lift his hand or flex his elbow, and has no movement in his fingers. Although his arm has no movement, he has paresthesia (burning or prickly sensations) of the hand and forearm, which are often quite painful. Phanith traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 4th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to use this hand again and be physically able to find work. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure. Phanith shared, "I hope after surgery, my right shoulder will return to full function as soon as possible."

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