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Success! Savorn from Cambodia raised $465 to fund a fracture repair procedure.

Savorn
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  • $465 raised, $0 to go
$465
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Savorn's treatment was fully funded on May 30, 2021.

Photo of Savorn post-operation

April 5, 2021

Savorn underwent a fracture repair procedure.

Savorn is a much happier man after the repair of his femur by surgeons at our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre. Now, he will take antibiotics for three days to decrease the risk of infection and will start working with the physiotherapy team to improve his strength and gait. After seven months on crutches, Savorn looks forward to life without them!

Savorn shared, “I’m so thankful for all who donated. I plan to go back to my work to support my family and my life again.”

Savorn is a much happier man after the repair of his femur by surgeons at our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre. Now, he will take ...

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March 2, 2021

Savorn is a 21-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He lives with his parents and two siblings. In his free time, Savorn likes to listen to music on his phone and watch Khmer boxing on TV.

In August 2020, Savorn was in a motor vehicle accident which caused a fracture of his left femur. After the accident, he went to a local Khmer healer, but his leg did not heal. As a result of the accident, Savorn cannot work or walk without assistance and he says that he feels poorly and is depressed. It is difficult for him to walk, and he is in chronic pain.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), can help Savorn. Savorn is currently in traction to align his fracture. On March 2nd, Savorn will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will stabilize his fracture for permanent healing and will help him walk again.

Savorn hopes after surgery, his left femur will be fixed, he will have no pain, and that can return to work to support his family.

Savorn is a 21-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He lives with his parents and two siblings. In his free time, Savorn likes to lis...

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Savorn's Timeline

  • March 2, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 2, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Savorn 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.

  • March 3, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Savorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 5, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Savorn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 30, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Savorn's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $465 for Savorn'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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$70raised
$182to go

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