to help us reach our 25,000th patient đź’™
Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

Sok Kieng is a 21-year-old man from Cambodia who needs $991 to fund foot surgery.

Sok Kieng
47%
  • $471 raised, $520 to go
$471
raised
$520
to go
Dedicate my donation


We'll send your dedicatee an email
about your gift, along with updates
about Sok Kieng's recovery.

June 13, 2022

Meet Sok Kieng, a 21-year-old man with one brother and two sisters. Their parents are both rice farmers. In his free time, Sok Kieng enjoys playing football, fishing at the lake, listening to music, and helping his family at home.

On June 1st, Sok Kieng was in an accident at work, where sharp metal cut his Achilles tendon. After the accident, he went to a local health center for first aid. While there, he was referred to our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre for more extensive treatment, as he had an infected open wound on his right heel, swelling, pain, and difficulty walking.

On June 13th, surgeons at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre will debride the wound, and reconstruct his Achilles tendon. Children’s Surgical Centre is seeking $991 to fund this procedure, which should enable Sok Kieng to resume working, and to doing all of the things which bring him pleasure, free from pain.

Sok Kieng says: “I hope after surgery my right foot is healed and I am able to walk without pain.”

Meet Sok Kieng, a 21-year-old man with one brother and two sisters. Their parents are both rice farmers. In his free time, Sok Kieng enjoys ...

Read more

Sok Kieng's Timeline

  • June 13, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 13, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Sok Kieng 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.

  • June 21, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sok Kieng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Sok Kieng is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Sok Kieng's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

Treatment
Free flap surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $991 for Sok Kieng's treatment
Hospital Fees
$160
Medical Staff
$743
Medication
$0
Supplies
$80
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients often need this reconstruction technique following the removal of tumors or larger growths that resulted in prominent defects. This may include a skin defect due to an injury or a defect in the bone due to a non-union fracture or tumor.

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

Patients are functionally disabled, and risk infection or death without correction of these defects. When the defects are repaired, patients are able to return to a better function and higher quality of life.

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

For Cambodians, serious disabilities - whether from poverty or lack of medical care - may mean decreased earning capability and discrimination in the workforce.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The surgeon will select tissue in the body that will do the best job of restoring the function and the appearance of tissue destroyed by the defect. Surgeons look for suitable vessels to attach the flap.

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

Patients can have better physical function, acceptance in their community, and subsequently a higher quality of life; they can also increase their earning capability.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Poor healing, infection, bleeding, or rejection of the flap are risks. Patients need 6-8 weeks of recovery prior to resuming normal activity. Driving, exercise, or other strenuous activity could damage recovering tissues or open up wounds, which could result in the need for additional surgery or treatment.

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

CSC is the only center in Cambodia that regularly offers free vascularized flap procedures. Poor and disabled Cambodians come to CSC from all over the country. They usually stay in the hospital ward for 3-5 days, during which time they receive appropriate medicine, including anticoagulation and painkillers, and daily wound care until the flap has well settled. Many of our patients are from poor, rural areas in other provinces, often traveling four to eight hours on dirt or poorly constructed roads to receive care. Patients are referred for this treatment from local health care providers and clinics in their province, or from neighbors or relatives who received care at CSC.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

An alternative to functional muscle transfer in the case of a paralyzed arm is an amputation & shoulder fusion. For an open wound in the face or other areas, a local pedicle flap can be used but its reach and cosmetic concern are limiting factors. Skin grafting can be done only if there is no tendon or bone exposed. Patients often seek help from local Khmer healers, and this is almost always unsuccessful, but all the patient can afford until they learn about CSC.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.