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Success! Komson from Cambodia raised $465 to fund a fracture repair on his right leg.

Komson
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  • $465 raised, $0 to go
$465
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Komson's treatment was fully funded on April 2, 2021.

Photo of Komson post-operation

March 26, 2021

Komson underwent a fracture repair on his right leg.

Komson was put in traction for several days before surgeons could repair his femur. After a complicated surgery to rebuild his femur, Komson received post-operative antibiotics to aid in healing and will have his stitches removed in one week if all goes well. Komson was feeling relieved and hopeful after surgery. Komson started working with the physiotherapy team to regain strength and learn to walk with a normal gait. This will assist him to resume his former level of independence.

Komson shared, “I feel excited that I will walk normally, return to work, resume many activities, and support my family again.”

Komson was put in traction for several days before surgeons could repair his femur. After a complicated surgery to rebuild his femur, Komson...

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January 18, 2021

Komson is a 35-year-old cane juice seller from Cambodia. He has been married for 11 years and lives with his wife and two daughters. The oldest child is nine years old in grade 3, while his younger child is not yet in school. When Komson is not working, he likes listening to the radio, watching TV, and helping around the house with cleaning, cooking, and caring for his daughters.

On January 3rd, 2021, Komson was involved in a motor vehicle crash involving a dog. This accident caused him to fracture his right femur. His family decided on a Khmer traditional treatment, where a bamboo stalk is placed on the affected leg to support the femur. He took some medications and went home.

After a few days, his family took him to the provincial hospital near their home for an X-ray, where he was referred to Children’s Surgical Centre. There, they assessed his fracture and saw that his broken leg is much shorter than his other leg. His leg is swollen and very painful, and it is difficult for him to walk. Surgeons decided to put him in traction for 5 days and then conduct an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) of his right femur.

On January 18th, Komson will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will help him walk again so that he can continue to work and support his family. He wants to make sure he has enough money to send his daughters to school.

Komson shared, “I hope that after surgery, my right femur will be repaired and I will no longer have pain or swelling. I am anxious to get back to my job and supporting my family.”

Komson is a 35-year-old cane juice seller from Cambodia. He has been married for 11 years and lives with his wife and two daughters. The old...

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Komson's Timeline

  • January 18, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 18, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Komson 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.

  • January 19, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Komson's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 26, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Komson's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 2, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Komson's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $465 for Komson's treatment
Hospital Fees
$65
Medical Staff
$311
Medication
$0
Supplies
$81
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients in need of open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) surgeries experience painful fractures or recurrent dislocations. Usually, these injuries result from traffic accidents or other trauma injuries.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Living with an abnormal or deformed bone limits function and can interfere with daily activities. It is also extremely painful.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Due to lack of helmet usage and weak enforcement of traffic laws, there is a high rate of traffic accidents in Cambodia. This causes many of the fractures and bone dislocations our medical partner sees.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The deformed or abnormal bone is broken and correctly aligned, and any fragments are fixed. Following the realignment of the bone, metal plates, pins, rods, wires, or screws are attached to the bone for stabilization as the internal fixation.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Patients will experience restored function and mobility and reduced pain. Patients regain independence and return to work, school, and family life.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Complications from this surgery are rare but include infection, nerve damage, blood clots, and tissue irritation from the hardware.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Rural Cambodians often self-medicate or seek treatment from traditional healers because they cannot afford hospital treatment. Many patients are referred to CSC by word of mouth.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There is no alternative care for this treatment.

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