Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

Success! Sopheak from Cambodia raised $465 to fund a fracture repair.

Sopheak
100%
  • $465 raised, $0 to go
$465
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sopheak's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2020.

Photo of Sopheak post-operation

March 26, 2020

Sopheak underwent a fracture repair.

Sopheak’s surgery went very well. His stitches have nearly healed, and he will soon start working with the physical therapists everyday to improve the function and mobility in his leg.

He will be able to return to work, and he will no longer have to worry about expenses related to his injury. His family is so grateful that the surgical team was able to look after him and treat his fracture.

Sopheak shared, “I am so glad that I can walk well on my own again.”

Sopheak's surgery went very well. His stitches have nearly healed, and he will soon start working with the physical therapists everyday to i...

Read more
March 4, 2020

Sopheak is a 38-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He has one son and two daughters, and has been married to his wife for the last 22 years. In his free time, his favorite activities include looking after his children, doing the housework, feeding his chickens, and cooking.

Last year, Sopheak was in a motorcycle collision and fractured his left leg. He experiences pain, swelling, and is unable to walk or stand without support.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On March 4th, Sopheak will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. Surgery will allow Sopheak to walk independently again and return to his activities with little difficulty.

“My family is worried because they are no longer able to afford treatments. I hope that after my surgery, I will no longer have any pain or swelling, and will be able to walk on my own again. My wife is looking forward to getting back to her normal activities without having to look after me everyday,” he said.

Sopheak is a 38-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He has one son and two daughters, and has been married to his wife for the last ...

Read more

Sopheak's Timeline

  • March 4, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sopheak was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • March 04, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sopheak received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • March 04, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sopheak's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 26, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sopheak's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 01, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sopheak's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $465 for Sopheak'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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.