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Success! Nguon from Cambodia raised $405 to walk without pain.

Nguon
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$405
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Fully funded
Nguon's treatment was fully funded on August 21, 2016.

Photo of Nguon post-operation

October 12, 2016

Nguon received successful treatment to help him walk without pain.

Nguon’s surgery to treat his fractured patella (kneecap) went well. He had two weeks of physiotherapy after his operation and now his wound is healed and he is walking easily. He was sent home and is expected to make a full recovery.

“I am happy with the result of my operation,” Nguon shared. “Now I can walk normally and without pain. Thank you for helping me.”

Nguon's surgery to treat his fractured patella (kneecap) went well. He had two weeks of physiotherapy after his operation and now his wound ...

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August 1, 2016

Nguon is a 51-year-old factory worker who lives in Cambodia with his wife, three sons, and two daughters. In his free time, he enjoys reading magazines and watching TV news at home.

On July 27, 2016, Nguon fell and fractured his right patella (kneecap). The patella is a small, movable bone at the front of the knee. It acts as a shield for the knee joint and connects muscles from the thigh to the lower leg. Falling directly onto the knee, as Nguon did, is a common cause of patellar fractures.

Now, Nguon is experiencing pain and is unable to walk. He went to a local hospital after his injury, but they could not treat him because he was not accompanied by a relative. Next, he went to another clinic for consultation, and an x-ray showed a fracture of his right patella. At home, he has received only Khmer traditional medicine.

Nguon traveled three hours with his wife to reach Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment. Surgeons at CSC will perform a surgical procedure known as open reduction and internal fixation to reposition and set Nguon’s broken patella to heal the fracture. After the surgery, Nguon will be able to walk normally again without pain.

$405 covers the costs of Nguon’s surgery, a two-week hospital stay, five days of post-operative care (including physical therapy), and six follow-up appointments during the first year after surgery.

Nguon is a 51-year-old factory worker who lives in Cambodia with his wife, three sons, and two daughters. In his free time, he enjoys readin...

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Nguon's Timeline

  • August 1, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Nguon was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • August 1, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nguon 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.

  • August 10, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nguon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 21, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nguon's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 12, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nguon's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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