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Success! Rorhimas from Cambodia raised $465 to fund elbow repair surgery after a fall.

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Rorhimas's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2020.

Photo of Rorhimas post-operation

July 10, 2020

Rorhimas underwent elbow repair surgery after a fall.

Rorhimas’ surgery was successful. She will not require any physiotherapy for her elbow, but she will need to wear a cast for a month after the surgery. Once she fully recovers, she will be able to move her arm and bend her elbow as she did before her accident. She will be able to do all the daily tasks she could not do before, and will enjoy increased independence.

Rorhimas shared, “I hope that I can heal quickly and that I don’t need anyone to help me do work or get dressed once my arm is moving easily.”

Rorhimas' surgery was successful. She will not require any physiotherapy for her elbow, but she will need to wear a cast for a month after t...

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June 8, 2020

Rorhimas is a 46-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She is one of seven siblings. She lives with her husband and her mother, who needs a great deal of care. She farms with her husband when she can, and often her siblings come to help out. In her free time she watches TV or visits the mosque.

In February 2020, Rorhimas fell from her roof, landing on her side. The fall resulted in a dislocated left elbow. She immediately went to a traditional Khmer healer, but the pain and swelling became worse over the course of a month. Now she cannot use her hand or bend her arm. She has a difficult time doing any housework or taking care of her mother.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On June 8th, Rorhimas will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. After the procedure, she will no longer experience pain and will regain use of her arm and hand.

Rorhimas said, “I hope that this surgery heals me quickly and I can go back to working to help support my family and taking care of my mom.”

Rorhimas is a 46-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She is one of seven siblings. She lives with her husband and her mother, who needs a gr...

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Rorhimas's Timeline

  • June 8, 2020

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

  • June 8, 2020

    Rorhimas 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.

  • June 9, 2020

    Rorhimas's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 10, 2020

    Rorhimas's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 29, 2020

    Rorhimas's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
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  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $465 for Rorhimas's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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