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Success! Chet from Cambodia raised $465 to fund a fracture repair procedure on his left leg.

Chet
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  • $465 raised, $0 to go
$465
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$0
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Fully funded
Chet's treatment was fully funded on March 22, 2021.

Photo of Chet post-operation

March 22, 2021

Chet underwent a fracture repair procedure on his left leg.

After the surgeons placed Chet in traction for a week, they operated on his left femur. The operation was successful, and as a result Chet will no longer be in pain and will now be able to walk. Chet has started physiotherapy and returned home to his village. Now, he will be able to support the family with his construction work. The surgical team looks forward to seeing him again in three months for his follow-up appointment.

Chet shared an update with us: “Two weeks after surgery I can walk by myself, no infection, no pain. I can work and do everything as before.”

After the surgeons placed Chet in traction for a week, they operated on his left femur. The operation was successful, and as a result Chet w...

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January 7, 2021

Chet is a 34-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He has been married for 7 years and together they have a 6-year-old son. His wife works in a factory. In Chet’s free time, he likes to care for his son, help with house chores and cooking. He also enjoys taking his family outside for walks.

In August 2020, Chet was a motor vehicle accident that fractured his left femur. After the accident, he went to a government hospital for an x-ray and returned home. He chose a Khmer traditional treatment for 15 days, but his leg did not improve. Next, Chet returned to a private clinic for another x-ray, where they referred him to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre. Doctors assessed his leg and saw that his fracture site is still a non-union, so he was placed on traction for one week. Chet still suffers from chronic pain in his left femur and cannot flex or extend his left leg.

Fortunately, surgeons at Children’s Surgical Centre can help. On January 7th, Chet will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF). They will place a stabilizing nail on his left femur. This procedure will cost $465, and Chet appeals for financial support.

Chet shared, “I hope that I can walk easily again after my surgery and go back to work.”

Chet is a 34-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He has been married for 7 years and together they have a 6-year-old son. His wife w...

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Chet's Timeline

  • January 7, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 7, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chet 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.

  • January 8, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chet's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 22, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chet's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 22, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chet's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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