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Success! Sokhorn from Cambodia raised $479 to fund an amputation to treat his cancer.

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Sokhorn's treatment was fully funded on November 29, 2022.

Photo of Sokhorn post-operation

December 14, 2022

Sokhorn underwent an amputation to treat his cancer.

Sokhorn traveled two hours to Children’s Surgical Centre, where surgeons removed his right hip, including the tumor and surrounding tissue. It was traumatizing for a young man like Sokhorn to lose his leg, but he is thankful to be alive. He will remain at the hospital until surgeons are sure he is stable, and take antibiotics to decrease any risk of infection. Surgeons and the physiotherapy team look forward to seeing him again to assess his recovery and offer support. Life will be different for him with this disability, but with help, he can find work with fewer physical requirements. It will be a challenge for him to acclimate to his disability, but his wife and children are a strong support system for him and he is remaining positive for the future.

Sokhorn’s wife said: “We are grateful the surgeons acted quickly and Sokhorn can return home to our family. Thank you to the everyone who support Children’s Surgical Centre so my husband can have good medical care available.”

Sokhorn traveled two hours to Children's Surgical Centre, where surgeons removed his right hip, including the tumor and surrounding tissue. ...

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November 15, 2022

Sokhorn is a 37-year-old married father from Cambodia. His wife works as a farmer, growing rice and feeding animals. The couple has three children, including one son and two daughters who are all in school. Sokhorn worked for several years as a fisherman in Thailand, but is now back home.

Since 2016, Sokhorn has experienced worsening pain in his right thigh. Pain medication has not helped. A biopsy revealed malignant cancer of the right thigh. When he visited a doctor in Thailand, they recommended amputation, but he refused and had a bone resection instead. In May 2022, he experienced swelling at the surgical site and the pain returned. He cannot work and feels depressed that he cannot support his family.

Fortunately, our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), can help. On November 15th, Sokhorn will undergo an amputation and disarticulation of his right leg through the hip. Though it will be difficult, Sokhorn wants to explore all options to remove the tumor.

Sokhorn shared, “I feel bad about this problem, but I am hopeful I can spend time with my family even though I will lose my right hip.”

Sokhorn is a 37-year-old married father from Cambodia. His wife works as a farmer, growing rice and feeding animals. The couple has three ch...

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Sokhorn's Timeline

  • November 15, 2022

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

  • November 15, 2022

    Sokhorn 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.

  • November 18, 2022

    Sokhorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 29, 2022

    Sokhorn's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 14, 2022

    Sokhorn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $479 for Sokhorn'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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