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Success! Horm from Cambodia raised $352 to fund prosthetic leg correction surgery.

  • $352 raised, $0 to go
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Horm's treatment was fully funded on March 7, 2021.

Photo of Horm post-operation

March 9, 2021

Horm underwent prosthetic leg correction surgery.

Horm and his family traveled to our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre, where surgeons performed a successful surgery on the earlier land mine injury to his leg. This procedure is done to facilitate the fitting of or weight bearing on a prosthesis. Horm will have to keep a clean dressing on until his new surgical wound heals, but he is looking forward to beginning physiotherapy to be able to use his prosthesis without pain or the use of crutches. His large family is very happy he will be able to return to work and get around much easier.

Horm shared, “I hope after I am used to my prosthesis, I can resume walking normally, and can support myself and my family.”

Horm and his family traveled to our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre, where surgeons performed a successful surgery on the earlier...

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December 22, 2020

Horm is married and has two sons, two daughters, and six grandchildren. Horm and his wife are both cleaners and in his free time Horm enjoys doing housework, listening to the radio, reading books, and taking care of his grandchildren.

Horm was in an accident as a child that damaged his right leg. He underwent an amputation over 45 years ago to remove the damaged parts of his leg. In 1993, he received a prosthesis which he has used to ambulate, but in the last five months he has been feeling pain at the amputation site. It is painful for him to wear his prosthetic and he has tissue sclerosis. Currently, he is walking with crutches because of his pain.

Surgeons at Watsi’s Medical Partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) will perform a corrective surgery to treat the damaged tissue at the amputation site and allow him to walk with a prosthetic again. Now his family needs to raise $352 to fund the surgery and are requesting support.

Horm shared, “I hope after the surgery I have no more pain and can wear a prosthesis and work easily again.”

Horm is married and has two sons, two daughters, and six grandchildren. Horm and his wife are both cleaners and in his free time Horm enjoys...

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Horm's Timeline

  • December 22, 2020

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

  • December 22, 2020

    Horm 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.

  • December 23, 2020

    Horm's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 7, 2021

    Horm's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 9, 2021

    Horm's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Stump Revision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $352 for Horm'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?

Unfortunately, injuries from land mines are common in Cambodia. Patients often undergo limb amputations. Following amputation of a leg, a patient is fitted with a prosthetic limb. Surgeons create a stump with enough healthy soft tissue covering the end of the bone to allow pressure to be exerted on it comfortably. Stumps can become painful for a variety of reasons. This pain can compromise the patient's ability to walk. In addition, as scar tissue matures, it can cause distortion of the stump, which may no longer fit into the prosthesis.

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

Pain, discomfort, and inability to use a prosthesis make life difficult for patients requiring stump revision surgeries. Painful stumps can make mobility difficult or impossible. Patients lose their independence and ability to work.

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

The majority of amputations in Cambodia result from trauma. Patients might sustain landmine injuries or infected open fractures. In contrast, amputations in the United States are usually caused by peripheral vascular disease, associated with a sedentary lifestyle, smoking, and the rising prevalence of obesity and diabetes.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

First, surgeons examine the stump to determine the cause of the problem. The patient may need surgery to cut away infected tissue, refashion the soft tissue covering the bone, saw off more of the bone, or remove a neuroma that has grown on the cut end of a nerve.

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

Walking with a prosthetic limb is much easier than using crutches or a self-propelled wheel chair. Patients can maintain their independence, work, and contribute to their communities. Patients with prosthetic legs tend to experience lower levels of depression because they feel more "normal."

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This surgery is very safe and very effective.

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

The majority of amputees are people who live and work in the countryside. They make up one of the poorest groups in Southeast Asia and cannot afford treatment in private clinics. Children’s Surgical Centre is the only free hospital in Phnom Penh, so it receives the majority of patients with post-operative stump problems.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients can use crutches or wheelchairs for mobilization. Both of these options are slower, more awkward, expend more energy, and come with their own risks and complications.

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