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Success! Kun from Cambodia raised $391 to fund stump revision surgery so he can walk using his prosthesis again.

Kun
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  • $391 raised, $0 to go
$391
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Kun's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2022.

Photo of Kun post-operation

January 9, 2023

Kun underwent stump revision surgery so that he can once again walk using his prosthesis.

Kun traveled over seven hours to reach the Children’s Surgical Centre for surgery to clear up the infection and revise his stump on his leg. He spent several days in the hospital and took antibiotics for the infection. Soon after, he was able to return to his home in Preah Vihear province. As his incision heals, his pain will decrease and he will be able to use his prosthetic leg again. This will make it easier for him to move around without crutches and work on his farm.

Kun said, “I am relieved that I will be able to work on my farm again to feed and support my family. It has been difficult because I could not work when using crutches, and I am grateful to the surgeons who fixed my leg so I will walk again. My wife is thrilled that I am improving, and I want to thank everyone who helped me have this surgery so I can get stronger and take care of my family.”

Kun traveled over seven hours to reach the Children's Surgical Centre for surgery to clear up the infection and revise his stump on his leg....

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August 2, 2022

Kun is a hardworking and caring grandfather from Cambodia. He and his wife both work as farmers, and they have two sons and three daughters. During his free time, Kun enjoys listening to the radio, watching TV, and taking care of his grandchild. When it is not rice season, Kun works doing motorcycle repairs.

In 1988, Kun’s leg was injured by a land mine, and he had to have a below knee amputation. The amputation site has since become infected, causing him to experience pain when using the artificial leg. Fortunately, Kun will undergo a stump revision procedure on August 2nd at our medical partner’s care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre is requesting $391 to fund Kun’s surgery. This procedure will hopefully heal the infected area and allow him to use his prosthesis to walk again.

Kun says, “I hope my right leg will not have any pain or infection and I can walk again.”

Kun is a hardworking and caring grandfather from Cambodia. He and his wife both work as farmers, and they have two sons and three daughters....

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Kun's Timeline

  • August 2, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 2, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kun 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.

  • August 2, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kun's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 9, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Stump Revision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $391 for Kun's treatment
Hospital Fees
$92
Medical Staff
$248
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • 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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