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Success! David from Cambodia raised $425 to fund bone surgery so he can walk without pain.

David
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$425
raised
$0
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Fully funded
David's treatment was fully funded on August 7, 2021.

Photo of David post-operation

August 10, 2021

David underwent bone surgery so he can walk without pain.

David had a smooth operation, and surgery has now repaired his hip bone. This was the source of David’s discomfort, and he will now be able to grow up without worrying about difficulty walking or chronic pain. His family is thankful to the staff and all who helped for the success of his operation.

David’s mother said: “I am so happy David will walk again like other children. He will soon return to school and be able to play again like other boys.”

David had a smooth operation, and surgery has now repaired his hip bone. This was the source of David's discomfort, and he will now be able ...

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July 22, 2021

David is a nine-year-old boy who lives with his three sisters and one brother. His mother sells Khmer noodles at the market and his father works in construction. He shared that math and physics are his best subjects in school. When not in school, David enjoys playing with toys, playing football, watching TV, and reading books.

Recently, David fell down the stairs and injured his left hip. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), diagnosed him with avascular necrosis at the hip, which means loss of blood supply to the bone. This condition causes David to have difficulty and pain when walking. Luckily, surgeons with perform a left hip bone osteotomy to relieve his pain and help prevent further damage. CSC is requesting $425 to fund this procedure.

When asked about what the surgery means to him, David shared with us that he hopes to walk easily again and without pain.

David is a nine-year-old boy who lives with his three sisters and one brother. His mother sells Khmer noodles at the market and his father w...

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David's Timeline

  • July 22, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 22, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    David 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.

  • July 23, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    David's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 7, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    David's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 10, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    David's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Osteotomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $425 for David's treatment
Hospital Fees
$65
Medical Staff
$311
Medication
$0
Supplies
$41
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Osteotomy is a surgical procedure used to correct bone abnormalities from trauma or disease. Without treatment, bone fractures or damage to growth plates may heal in angular, rotational, or shortened positions and result in deformity and loss of function. Arthritis is also a common indication for osteotomy, particularly if deformity is involved. Patients with arthritis suffer from pain and stiffness.

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

Misalignment of the bones not only creates discomfort and pain, but it can also make day-to-day tasks difficult or sometimes impossible. Deformity is also highly stigmatizing.

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

Due to lack of funds for speedy healthcare or inaccessibility, bone abnormalities are common due to delayed treatment. Cambodians often turn to Khmer traditional healers for bony deformities or even trauma and this also contributes to the development of deformities.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Pre-operative assessment with radiology is required to plan the procedure for each case. The surgeon will decide the best location to cut a part of the bone so that it results in an even distribution of weight across the bone or joint. This usually involves cutting out a wedge-shaped piece of bone to realign and adjust the angle at which the bone is positioned. Following correction, rigid internal or external fixation is used to hold the bone in place while it heals.

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

Deformity will be corrected, often months or years after its development and patients will immediately notice the benefits. Function will be restored, and pain should subside, which will enable patients to become mobile, undergo daily activities independently, and recommence work to support their families.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Blood clots are the most common complication of osteotomy procedures, but this can be avoided if patients are encouraged to mobilize early. As for any other surgical procedures, there may be complications such as infection and damage to surrounding nerves or vessels.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Treatment for bone-related injuries due to trauma or more chronic conditions such as arthritis is available at a local clinics and hospitals at a cost, which many patients may not be able to afford. Patients also often turn to traditional healers which result in unsuccessful treatment. Inadequate or delayed treatment can contribute to bone abnormalities and prolonged suffering. Patients travel as much as twelve hours to reach Children's Surgical Centre for free surgery, arriving by bus, motorbike, or taxi.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Traditional medicine is available, but with unsuccessful results.

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