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Success! Nob from Cambodia raised $446 to fund an amputation so his leg can heal properly.

  • $446 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Nob's treatment was fully funded on August 17, 2022.

Photo of Nob post-operation

September 6, 2022

Nob underwent an amputation so his leg can heal properly.

Nob’s surgery was a success, and he is recovering well! Nob shared that he is thankful to be alive after the trauma of losing his leg. He will remain at the hospital for observation and take antibiotics to decrease any risk of infection. Once he heals, Nob will work with the physiotherapist to be fitted for a prosthesis. Although his life will be different than before his accident, Nob looks forward to finding a new job and leading a happy life alongside his family.

Nob’s wife said, “We are grateful the surgeons acted quickly, and Nob will return home to his family. Thank you to the people who support Children’s Surgical Centre so that Cambodians like my husband have good medical care available.”

Nob's surgery was a success, and he is recovering well! Nob shared that he is thankful to be alive after the trauma of losing his leg. He wi...

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April 5, 2022

Nob is a 31-year-old loving husband and father. He and his wife have two sons, ages seven and three, and one daughter, who is 10 years old in the third grade. Nob’s wife works in a garment factory.

Last month, Nob was in a traffic accident where fractured his left femur. After the accident, he underwent surgery at a local clinic. Unfortunately, after two days, when doctors ordered an angiogram, they discovered that his femoral artery had ruptured in the accident. His left leg is pale and cold, and doctors have recommended an amputation to save the rest of his leg.

Fortunately, our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), is helping Nob receive treatment. On April 5th, he will undergo an amputation at CSC’s care center. Now, he needs help raising $446 to fund his procedure and care.

Nob shared, “I am thankful that I can use a prosthesis once I recover and return to work to support my family.”

Nob is a 31-year-old loving husband and father. He and his wife have two sons, ages seven and three, and one daughter, who is 10 years old i...

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Nob's Timeline

  • April 5, 2022

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

  • April 5, 2022

    Nob 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.

  • April 6, 2022

    Nob's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 17, 2022

    Nob's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 6, 2022

    Nob's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $446 for Nob'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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