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Success! Ra from Cambodia raised $304 to fund leg repair surgery so he can heal properly and walk again.

Ra
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$304
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Fully funded
Ra's treatment was fully funded on November 30, 2022.

Photo of Ra post-operation

December 22, 2022

Ra underwent leg repair surgery so he can heal properly and walk again.

Ra traveled four hours to Children’s Surgical Centre to repair his fractured femur. He was given pain medication and antibiotics for a few days and remained in the hospital until surgeons were confident the bone graft was healing. Although it will take up to two months before his leg will be completely healed, Ra is confident he will walk again soon. Earlier this summer he also had an important repair for his arm, which is healing well so that he can have movement and full use again. This is important for him because he would like to support his four children and provide for their education.

Ra said “I am hopeful I can soon walk again and find a good job in construction to support my children. The hospital staff was wonderful, and I would like to thank the donors who helped to pay for my operation so I can walk and work again.”

Ra traveled four hours to Children's Surgical Centre to repair his fractured femur. He was given pain medication and antibiotics for a few d...

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July 11, 2022

Ra is a 43-year-old stone seller and construction worker from Cambodia. He has two sons and two daughters. During his free time, he enjoys listening to old Khmer songs and going out with his friends.

In January, Ra was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture of his right femur. He went to a government referral hospital where doctors fixated hardware to heal his fracture. However, the fracture still has not healed. Because of this, he experiences pain and has difficulty walking.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On July 11th, Ra will undergo a hardware removal procedure where surgeons will re-do the nail in his hardware and perform a bone graft procedure to ensure the fracture will heal properly. Now, he needs help to fund this $304 procedure.

Ra says, “I hope I heal soon and can regain function of my leg.”

Ra is a 43-year-old stone seller and construction worker from Cambodia. He has two sons and two daughters. During his free time, he enjoys l...

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Ra's Timeline

  • July 11, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 11, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ra 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 12, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ra's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 30, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ra's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 22, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ra's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

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Funded by 1 donor

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Treatment
ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $304 for Ra's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$217
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
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 who experience painful fractures or recurrent dislocations need ORIF (open reduction internal fixation) surgeries to heal the injuries. Most often, these fractures and dislocations result from traffic accidents. ORIF procedures require the insertion of metal plates, screws, or rods to stabilize the bones while they heal. Bowleg procedures also require the insertion of hardware, such as staples, in order to realign the legs. Bowleg can be caused both by genetics and by vitamin and mineral deficiencies. However, surgeons may decide to remove the hardware. The most common reason for hardware removal is pain or loss of mobility and range of motion around the ORIF site. Other reasons include infection, nerve damage, incomplete healing of the bone, or an allergy to the implant.

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

Living with hardware fixation causes pain, limits function, and can interfere with daily activities.

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

There is a high rate of traffic accidents in Cambodia because of a lack of helmet usage and weak enforcement of traffic laws. These accidents cause many of the fractures and bone dislocations that our medical partner sees.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

During an ORIF procedure, the deformed or broken bone is correctly aligned into its normal position. Steel rods, screws, or plates are used to keep the bone fracture stable and allow it to heal. Sometimes, bone grafting is needed to promote healing. During hardware removal, surgeons use the previous incisions to find and remove the hardware. In some cases, additional incisions are made to safely perform the operation.

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

Patients will experience restored function and mobility. They will also have reduced pain. Patients can be independent again and return to work, school, and family life.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This surgery is low-risk and extremely effective.

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 treatment at local clinics or hospitals. Many patients are referred to CSC by word of mouth.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There is no alternative to this treatment.

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Ferdinand

Ferdinand is a father of two from the Philippines. He has one son and one daughter. Both he and his wife both work as public school teachers. Their income is still insufficient for their needs, however and, in addition to supporting their children, part of their salary goes to their medication for diabetes and hypertension. In September, Ferdinand began to experience several troubling symptoms, including severe abdominal pain. He was rushed to an emergency room to be treated. The ultrasound test showed that he has gallstones. Ferdinand has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy which is the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, his symptoms will continue to worsen and will put him at risk of further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), Ferdinand is scheduled to undergo a cholecystectomy on December 3rd. A portion of the cost of the procedure is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and WSFP is raising the remaining $826 to cover the cost of Ferdinand's surgery and care. "Because of my condition, I'm in constant pain which hinders me from doing my usual activities. I've tried to reach out for help to our local government but was unsuccessful," Ferdinand shared. "I am glad there are foundations like Watsi and World Surgical Foundation Philippines that exist. I'm forever grateful for the help that you've given me," he added.

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$459raised
$367to go

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