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Success! Veasna from Cambodia raised $230 to fund hardware removal for fracture repair.

Veasna
100%
  • $230 raised, $0 to go
$230
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Veasna's treatment was fully funded on May 28, 2020.

Photo of Veasna post-operation

March 27, 2020

Veasna underwent hardware removal for fracture repair.

Veasna’s surgery went well, and he will rest for two weeks, after which time his stitches will be removed. He will slowly work with the physical therapy team so that, when his elbow heals completely, he will have full range of motion. Veasna will able to walk and use his arm again, and return to his work at the construction site. The surgical team is looking forward to witnessing his improvements and his family is happy to see Veasna walking again.

“I am so happy my wounds are healing and my leg and hand are strong,” he said.

Veasna's surgery went well, and he will rest for two weeks, after which time his stitches will be removed. He will slowly work with the phys...

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March 6, 2020

Veasna is a 25-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He is married with two sons, and when he is not looking after his children, he likes to drink coffee, watch boxing on television, help the family around the house, and feed farm animals for extra income.

Three years ago, Veasna was in a motorcycle accident and fractured his right elbow and left leg. He was treated at a hospital in Phnom Penh for his injuries, where doctors fixated him with internal hardware to heal his fractures. Now, Veasna no longer experiences severe pain and his fractures have healed properly, and he needs his hardware to be removed.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On March 6th, Veasna will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. Surgery will remove the internal hardware from both Veasna’s elbow and leg.

“I hope that after the wires are removed, I will not have any pain and the wounds will heal,” said Veasna.

Veasna is a 25-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He is married with two sons, and when he is not looking after his children, he li...

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Veasna's Timeline

  • March 6, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 6, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Veasna 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.

  • March 9, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Veasna's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 27, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Veasna's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 28, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Veasna's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $230 for Veasna's treatment
Hospital Fees
$35
Medical Staff
$147
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
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 who experience painful fractures or recurrent dislocations need ORIF (open reduction internal fixation) surgeries to heal the injuries. Most often, these fractures and dislocations result from traffic accidents. ORIF procedures require the insertion of metal plates, screws, or rods to stabilize the bones while they heal. Bowleg procedures also require the insertion of hardware, such as staples, in order to realign the legs. Bowleg can be caused both by genetics and by vitamin and mineral deficiencies. However, surgeons may decide to remove the hardware. The most common reason for hardware removal is pain or loss of mobility and range of motion around the ORIF site. Other reasons include infection, nerve damage, incomplete healing of the bone, or an allergy to the implant.

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

Living with hardware fixation causes pain, limits function, and can interfere with daily activities.

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

There is a high rate of traffic accidents in Cambodia because of a lack of helmet usage and weak enforcement of traffic laws. These accidents cause many of the fractures and bone dislocations that our medical partner sees.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

During an ORIF procedure, the deformed or broken bone is correctly aligned into its normal position. Steel rods, screws, or plates are used to keep the bone fracture stable and allow it to heal. Sometimes, bone grafting is needed to promote healing. During hardware removal, surgeons use the previous incisions to find and remove the hardware. In some cases, additional incisions are made to safely perform the operation.

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

Patients will experience restored function and mobility. They will also have reduced pain. Patients can be independent again and return to work, school, and family life.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This surgery is low-risk and extremely effective.

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 treatment at local clinics or hospitals. Many patients are referred to CSC by word of mouth.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There is no alternative to this treatment.

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