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Success! Duong from Cambodia raised $465 to fund a fracture repair surgery to allow him to walk again.

Duong
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Duong's treatment was fully funded on December 16, 2021.

Photo of Duong post-operation

December 22, 2021

Duong underwent a fracture repair surgery to allow him to walk again.

Duong traveled over 10 hours on difficult roads to reach Children’s Surgical Centre. His surgery went smoothly and he is now working to walk regularly again. Duong no longer has chronic pain, and he hopes to walk again and return to work soon to support his family.

Duong said: “I want to be able to work again to support my family. I hope this will happen soon. I want to say thank you for helping me.”

Duong traveled over 10 hours on difficult roads to reach Children's Surgical Centre. His surgery went smoothly and he is now working to walk...

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September 7, 2021

Duong is a 40-year-old construction worker. He lives with his wife, son, and two daughters. His oldest daughter is 20 years old and sells food from her home. His other two children are still in school. Duong enjoys fishing and going out to the jungle in his free time.

In August, Duong was in a motor vehicle accident where he fractured his right knee. The bone in his knee is exposed and he cannot walk. He is in a wheelchair and experiences severe pain.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), can help. On September 7th, Duong will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will help his fracture heal and allow him to walk again.

Duong shared, “I hope I can walk again so I can support my family.”

Duong is a 40-year-old construction worker. He lives with his wife, son, and two daughters. His oldest daughter is 20 years old and sells fo...

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Duong's Timeline

  • September 7, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 7, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Duong 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.

  • September 9, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Duong's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 16, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Duong's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 22, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Duong's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $465 for Duong'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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Regina is a 13-year-old girl from Kenya. She is the secondborn in a family of three children. Her parents separated a few years back, and she and all of her siblings currently live with their mother in their ancestral home. Regina’s mother practices small-scale farming to provide food for their family. Her mother shares that she previously ran a small kiosk in their hometown where she sold fruits, but she has been unable to sustain the business since Regina fell sick in June. They currently rely on Regina’s grandmother to help support them. Regina has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Regina has been experiencing fevers and severe headaches. Although she and her family have been to different hospitals seeking treatment, they have not seen much change in her condition. Fortunately, they were referred to our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital, where she will undergo surgery to treat her hydrocephalus. Without treatment, Regina would experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $720 to cover the cost of surgery for Regina. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 17th and will drain the excess fluid from Regina's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Regina will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Regina’s mother says, “I am not happy that my child is in this condition. I want her to get well and bring back my happiness.”

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