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Success! Pheap from Cambodia raised $446 to fund a toe amputation to stop a severe infection.

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Pheap's treatment was fully funded on April 16, 2021.

Photo of Pheap post-operation

April 12, 2021

Pheap underwent a toe amputation to stop a severe infection.

Pheap’s operation went well and he is starting to walk again with gait assistance. His foot will be bandaged for a while until the wound heals, and he will take antibiotics to assure that the infection does not return. Pheap is relieved to no longer be in pain and not have to worry about the infection in his foot worsening over time. This surgery has allowed Pheap to walk, although his balance may be affected until his gait normalizes. His family is so happy that Pheap was able to receive help for his foot.

Pheap shared, “I’m really excited after the operation, now I can walk more comfortably without pain and I will be back to farming.”

Pheap's operation went well and he is starting to walk again with gait assistance. His foot will be bandaged for a while until the wound hea...

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April 6, 2021

Pheap is a 25-year old farmer with one brother and two sisters. All of his siblings are married. Pheap’s father passed away years ago and he now lives with his mother who is a farmer. When he is not farming, Pheap enjoys playing football and listening to music.

While driving a truck, Pheap was in an accident that caused an open wound on his left foot. He went to a clinic where the wound was cleaned and dressed, but within a few days the wound became infected. By the time he came to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), the toe was swollen and he had lost sensation in his left big toe. The toe must be amputated to avoid the spread of gangrene.

On April 6th, surgeons from CSC will amputate the toe to protect his foot from further infection and preserve his mobility. Now, Pheap needs help to fund this $446 procedure.

Pheap shared, “I hope my foot will heal well so I can return to work again.”

Pheap is a 25-year old farmer with one brother and two sisters. All of his siblings are married. Pheap's father passed away years ago and he...

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Pheap's Timeline

  • April 6, 2021

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

  • April 6, 2021

    Pheap 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.

  • April 6, 2021

    Pheap's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 12, 2021

    Pheap's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 16, 2021

    Pheap's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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