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Success! Then from Cambodia raised $446 to fund an amputation.

Then
100%
  • $446 raised, $0 to go
$446
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Then's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Then post-operation

April 12, 2017

Then underwent an amputation.

Then’s treatment went well. Following the procedure, she was sent to a medical center for blood sugar control. She was also given pain medication, and she had two weeks of physiotherapy at CSC before going back home. Then feels better about her leg.

Then says, “Thanks to all of the staff for helping me.”

Then's treatment went well. Following the procedure, she was sent to a medical center for blood sugar control. She was also given pain medic...

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February 23, 2017

Then is a 70-year-old married woman who has four daughters and three sons. She likes to watch TV and look after her grandchildren in her free time.

Diabetes has caused necrosis, or tissue death, in Then’s left foot. She went to a hospital in Vietnam, but her symptoms did not improve. It is difficult for Then to walk, and she is in pain.

The hospital referred Then to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). She traveled four hours with her daughter to reach CSC for treatment. Surgeons at CSC will perform an amputation surgery on her left leg. Her treatment is scheduled for February 24.

CSC is requesting $446 to help fund this treatment, as Then cannot afford it on her own. This procedure will help ease her pain and allow her to walk easily again.

Then is a 70-year-old married woman who has four daughters and three sons. She likes to watch TV and look after her grandchildren in her fre...

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Then's Timeline

  • February 23, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Then was submitted by Korng Hout, Accountant at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • February 24, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Then 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.

  • February 27, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Then's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 12, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Then's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Then's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Treatment
Amputation
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $446 for Then's treatment
Hospital Fees
$94
Medical Staff
$344
Medication
$0
Supplies
$8
  • 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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