Puthnea is a hardworking 17-year-old from Cambodia who works for a private construction company in a province outside of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city. He has two younger sisters, both of whom are currently in school. His parents are rice and vegetable farmers.
On March 24th, Puthnea was in a motorcycle accident that fractured his left tibia. His family took him to a government hospital where he stayed for 19 days and doctors fixated external hardware in attempts to heal the fracture. However, his wound became infected, and he is now experiencing pain, discharge, and knee stiffness.
When Puthnea learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On August 11th, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin flap procedure to treat the infected wound and heal his leg. Now, he needs help to fund this $673 procedure.
Puthnea says, “I hope I can walk again after this surgery.”
Puthnea is a hardworking 17-year-old from Cambodia who works for a private construction company in a province outside of Phnom Penh, Cambodi...
Puthnea underwent a procedure to heal his infected wound.
Surgeons at CSC successfully removed Puthnea’s old hardware, dead tissue, and bone, and replaced it with a revised external fixation and a skin flap. He spent several days in the hospital with IV antibiotics, and was able to return home afterwards. He worked with the physiotherapy team to start rehabilitation of his leg and hopes to continue working construction soon within a few months. His livelihood is important for him to assist with financial support for his family. The doctors are looking forward to tracking his improvements more in the coming months.
Puthnea had a new smile and confidence as he shared: “I am happy my leg will finally get better and I can return to work. I felt very poorly for many months, and I finally feel good again. Thank you to the people who help us in Cambodia who need this kind of help.”
Surgeons at CSC successfully removed Puthnea's old hardware, dead tissue, and bone, and replaced it with a revised external fixation and a s...