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Success! Sao from Cambodia raised $430 to fund fracture repair surgery.

Sao
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  • $430 raised, $0 to go
$430
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sao's treatment was fully funded on October 27, 2020.

Photo of Sao post-operation

December 23, 2019

Sao underwent fracture repair surgery.

Sao’s surgery went well and he’s been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his leg. Surgery allows Sao to greatly improve his quality of life and to walk and work again without pain.

“I am so happy that I can walk without any difficulty again and I can return to my work,” Sao shared.

Sao's surgery went well and he's been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his leg. Surgery allows Sa...

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December 10, 2019

Sao is a 56-year-old father of seven from Cambodia. He has five sons, two daughters, and ten grandchildren. He enjoys listening to the radio, feeding the farm animals. and looking after his grandchildren in his spare time.

In October 2019, Sao had an accident while working out in the rice fields, fracturing his right knee. He experiences pain and swelling, and cannot extend his leg or walk without support.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On December 11th, Sao will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. Surgery will help Sao to walk easily on his own again.

“I hope that my knee surgery will go well and I will no longer have any pain and will be able to walk and return to work again,” share Sao.

Sao is a 56-year-old father of seven from Cambodia. He has five sons, two daughters, and ten grandchildren. He enjoys listening to the radio...

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Sao's Timeline

  • December 10, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sao was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • December 11, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sao 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.

  • December 11, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sao's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 23, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sao's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 27, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sao's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $430 for Sao's treatment
Hospital Fees
$65
Medical Staff
$277
Medication
$0
Supplies
$80
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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