Sopheak, who is 28 years old, comes from a family of rice farmers in rural Cambodia. When he isn’t working, his favorite activity is fishing with his friends.
In 2021 Sopheak moved to Thailand for a construction job. That November he sustained an injury at work, when a piece of glass cut his right leg. His boss helped him to seek treatment in Thailand, but after one month of hospitalization, Sopheak was sent back to Cambodia. Since returning home, Sopheak has been to multiple clinics, but he hasn’t improved. He has been diagnosed with foot drop, caused by compression of a nerve in his leg. This nerve controls the muscles involved in lifting the foot. Due to his injury, Sopheak has lost function in his leg, and he is no longer able to lift his foot when walking. He has also lost sensation in his leg, and as a result of these combined issues, he is unable to work.
Sopheak is receiving help from our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre. On March 29th he will undergo a nerve repair procedure at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. After recovery, he will have improved range of motion in his foot. Now Sopheak needs your help to raise $572 to cover the cost of his surgery and care.
Sopheak shared that he wants to be able to walk without dragging his foot, and be able to go back to work.