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Phearum is Phearum is a 48-year-old farmer from Cambodia who needs $324 to fund surgery to heal his infected foot.

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May 3, 2022

Phearum is a 48-year-old farmer. He and his wife have six children - three sons and three daughters. His wife works in a local garment factory. When not working outside, he likes to play with his grandchildren, and watch the news on the television.

Phearum has had diabetes for about ten years. Several months ago, he discovered a diabetic wound on his right foot. This is caused by poor peripheral circulation in his feet due to his diabetes. A government hospital suggested an amputation due to bone involvement, but, at that time, he refused. Phearum eventually had a mid-level foot amputation, but the wound has not healed. Now a local medical center has referred him to our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre hoping they can help. Phearum feels poorly because of the active infection and the wound is painful for him. He cannot walk on that leg and is wheelchair-bound.

On May 3rd, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure to remove the dead skin and reduce the active infection. Doctors hope that aggressive wound treatment may help him save more of his foot and leg. Now, Phearum needs help to fund this $324 procedure.

Phearum shared, “After debridement of my right foot I hope the wound will heal soon, no more infection, no pain and I can go home soon.”

Phearum is a 48-year-old farmer. He and his wife have six children - three sons and three daughters. His wife works in a local garment facto...

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Phearum's Timeline

  • May 3, 2022

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

  • May 3, 2022

    Phearum 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.

  • May 3, 2022

    Phearum's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Phearum is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD

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

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $324 for Phearum's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

A variety of injuries related to extensive skin loss and the cause of wounds can necessitate a debridement procedure. These include large open wounds, infection, and third degree burns.

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

Patients who have injuries that are in need of a debridement are in compromised health and at risk of infection from bacteria or viruses entering through the open wound.

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

Road traffic accidents—particularly with motorcycles—and hot water or fire burns are common causes of injuries in Cambodia and can often result in surgeries that involve debridement.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Debridement is done using scalpels, forceps, scissors and other instruments for large wounds that have deep tissue damage. First, the skin surrounding the wound is cleaned and disinfected. After determining the depth of the wound, the dead tissue is cut away and the wound is washed out to remove any free tissue. It may take the wound many weeks to heal. However, following a debridement procedure, patients will remain at the hospital for only one week for follow-up care.

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

By removing unhealthy tissue from a wound, the wound is able to heal more easily and it reduces the patient’s risk of disease-causing bacteria or viruses entering the body, improving the overall health of the patient.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Debridement procedures come with minor possible complications that include pain, bleeding, infection, and delayed healing.

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

Severe injuries in need of debridement procedures require surgical operation; affordable surgical care is not very accessible, and so 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?

Alternatives to surgical debridement include chemical debridement (applying a debriding medication to the wound), mechanical debridement (involves a whirlpool bath, a syringe and catheter or wet to dry dressings), and autolytic debridement (involves dressings that retain wound fluids and assist in the body’s natural abilities to clean the wound). However, these alternatives are not as effective as surgical debridement in treating severe wounds.

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