Sokheng is a 24-year-old woman who lives in Kampong Chnang Province with her parents and younger brother. Her three other siblings have all moved away to work in construction or factory jobs. Sokheng works in a nearby garment factory and uses that income to help support her parents, who are rice farmers. In her free time, she loves cooking and growing vegetables near their home.
Since she was 16 years old, Sokheng has had a mass on the bottom of her foot. She is missing work regularly and everyday activities, such as walking, have become difficult. Sokheng traveled three hours to our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) to seek treatment and was diagnosed with plantar fibromatosis - a rare, benign, fibrous tissue disorder resulting in the formation of nodules. This condition can be locally aggressive, and often results in pain, functional disability, and decreased quality of life.
Sokheng is scheduled to undergo a partial amputation of her right foot on June 16th. Her family is able to contribute $100 to the surgery, and she needs only $479 to fully fund the operation and after-care. After treatment, she will be able to live without pain.
Sokheng shared, “After surgery I want to return to work and help my family.”