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Chhoeun is a man from Cambodia who needs $413 to fund an amputation.

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April 29, 2019

Chhoeun is a man from Cambodia. In November 2017, Chhoeun was involved in a motorcycle accident and injured his left leg. Chhoeun went for treatment at Preah Kosomak Hospital in Phnom Penh, where he was fitted with an external fixation device for four months. However, the skin healed around the wound but the bones never aligned properly. Now, he experiences difficulty extending or flexing his lower leg and ankle. He is unable to walk normally and further treatment is too costly for his family.

Chhoeun has given doctors permission to operate on his lower leg, and remove the affected limb completely. Surgery is scheduled for April 30 and will cost $413.

He says, “I hope that after my surgery, I will no longer have to worry about the condition of my leg and I hope I can go back to work on the rice farm.”

Chhoeun is a man from Cambodia. In November 2017, Chhoeun was involved in a motorcycle accident and injured his left leg. Chhoeun went for t...

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Chhoeun's Timeline

  • April 29, 2019

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

  • April 30, 2019

    Chhoeun 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.

  • May 04, 2019

    Chhoeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 15, 2019

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


    Chhoeun is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $413 for Chhoeun'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?

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.