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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
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Rorhimas was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • June 08, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rorhimas 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.

  • June 09, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rorhimas's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 10, 2020
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Rorhimas's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Rorhimas is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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

Ree is a 44-year-old man who lives with his wife, two sons, and his daughter in Mae Ra Ma Laung Refugee Camp in Thailand. Ree and his family used to live in a village in Hpa-pun Township in Karen State, Burma. However, due to conflict between armed groups in his area, they fled to the refugee camp in 2006. Every month Ree’s family receives 1,244 baht (approx. 42 USD) from The Border Consortium (TBC), an organization that provides support to refugees in camps. He also works as a caregiver for the elderly in the camp, for the organization Catholic Office for Emergency Relief and Refugees. He earns 1,100 baht (approx. 37 USD) each month for this. All of his children go to school in the camp while his wife works as a cook at one of the schools. On March 14, 2020, Ree slipped and fell on his right forearm while he was carrying a heavy load. When he got up, he was not able to move his right hand and he thought he had broken his forearm. Ree did not seek help at the camp’s medical centre and instead wrapped traditional herbal medicine onto his right forearm. As time passed, Ree could still not use his right arm and the pain in his arm did not go away. Eventually, on May 10th, he went to the camp’s hospital, run by Malteser International Thailand (MI). At the hospital, he was diagnosed with a fractured right forearm that had not healed properly. He was referred to the local Mae Sariang Hospital and received an x-ray on May 12th. The result indicated that he had fractured one of the two bones in his forearm. The doctor at the hospital then referred Ree to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Chiang Mai Hospital (CMH) for further management and treatment. The following day, MI staff brought Ree to CMH. Once he met with the doctor, the doctor told him that he will need to receive surgery for his arm to heal properly. Currently, Ree is still in pain and his right arm is sore and not in use. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Ree will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for May 21st and will cost $1,500. His arm will no longer be in pain and he hopes he will be able to go back to his old job helping the elderly in the refugee camp. While smiling he said, “I have been struggling to do tasks for the past month without using my right hand which is hard as I am right handed. I cannot wait to use my right arm again!”

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