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Success! Heng from Cambodia raised $413 to fund an amputation.

Heng
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  • $413 raised, $0 to go
$413
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Heng's treatment was fully funded on May 20, 2018.

Photo of Heng post-operation

May 9, 2018

Heng underwent an amputation.

Heng’s surgery went well and he’s been working with the physiotherapy team to improve his mobility. Surgery will allow Heng to greatly improve his quality of life and allow him to not be in chronic pain.

He says, “I am happy with this result. Now I can walk, my leg is healing, and I have no pain. I would like to say thank you for helping me.”

Heng's surgery went well and he's been working with the physiotherapy team to improve his mobility. Surgery will allow Heng to greatly impro...

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April 25, 2018

Heng is a retired rice farmer. He has one daughter, three sons, and six grandchildren. He likes tending to his mango tree and vegetables in his garden.

Two years ago, Heng had an ulcer in both of his legs. Now, his left foot has gangrene and needs to be amputated. He can’t walk or complete any of his work. He is in chronic pain. He needs surgery to help him walk again.

Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo a foot amputation on April 26. Now, he needs help raising $413 to fund this procedure.

He says, “I hope after the surgery my foot and leg don’t hurt as much and I can return home to spend time with my family.”

Heng is a retired rice farmer. He has one daughter, three sons, and six grandchildren. He likes tending to his mango tree and vegetables in ...

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Heng's Timeline

  • April 25, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 26, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Heng 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.

  • April 30, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Heng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 09, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Heng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 20, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Heng's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Amputation
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $413 for Heng's treatment
Hospital Fees
$85
Medical Staff
$321
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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.