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Success! Samai from Cambodia raised $930 to fund spinal surgery.

Samai
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  • $930 raised, $0 to go
$930
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Samai's treatment was fully funded on November 20, 2018.

Photo of Samai post-operation

November 7, 2018

Samai underwent spinal surgery.

Samai’s surgery went well and she’s been working with the physiotherapy team to improve her mobility. Surgery will allow Samai to greatly improve her quality of life and allow her to walk and work without pain.

Her husband says, “I am pleased to see that my wife can walk on her own again. Thank you.”

Samai's surgery went well and she's been working with the physiotherapy team to improve her mobility. Surgery will allow Samai to greatly im...

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November 1, 2018

Samai is a woman from Cambodia. She has three daughters. She likes to spend time at home when not working.

One year ago, Samai was in a motor vehicle accident that resulted in her falling off her bike. Ever since, she has had a lot of back pain and has difficulty walking on her own. She has been unable to work and support her family.

Samai needs to undergo a type of spinal surgery called a laminectomy that will relieve the pressure on her spinal cord. Surgery is scheduled for November 1 and will cost $930.

She says, “I hope after the operation that I don’t have anymore back pain and I can walk.”

Samai is a woman from Cambodia. She has three daughters. She likes to spend time at home when not working. One year ago, Samai was in a m...

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Samai's Timeline

  • November 1, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Samai was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • November 01, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Samai received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • November 04, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Samai's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 07, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Samai's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 20, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Samai's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Treatment
Spinal Surgery (without implants)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $930 for Samai's treatment
Hospital Fees
$160
Medical Staff
$722
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
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 experiencing severe back pain may also experience fever and chills, unexplained weight loss, sudden bowel and/or bladder incontinence, and severe, continuous abdominal pain. Often, pain, numbness, or weakness is also felt in the arms and legs.

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

Patients with severe back pain experience difficulty walking, sleeping, sitting, riding a motorcycle, working, going to school, and carrying out everyday tasks. If the pain affects a patient's ability to work or go to school, the patient will be unable to earn money to support his or her family or continue his or her education. Patients may experience discomfort and difficulty breathing.

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

Cambodian culture emphasizes the importance of working hard and earning money to support the family. When a patient is unable to work, he or she may feel helpless or may experience financial difficulty.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Spinal surgeries are generally classified as decompression or fusion. Decompression surgeries are performed to relieve pressure on a spinal nerve, and involve removal of a disc or of bone that presses on the spinal nerve in order to relieve this pressure. Common decompression surgeries are discectomy and laminectomy. Fusion surgeries are performed to stabilize the spine and relieve pain. There are various methods of fusion surgeries; in those performed without hardware, two or more vertebrae are fused together by inserting a bone graft, which helps bone grow and eliminates motion between the fused vertebrae.

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

The patient will be able to work or go to school without pain.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

As with any operation, there are potential risks associated with spinal surgery. These include: Infection: Antibiotics are regularly given to the patient before, during, and after surgery to lessen the risk of infection. Bleeding: A certain amount of bleeding is expected, but this is not typically significant. Pain at bone graft site: A small percentage of patients will experience persistent pain at the bone graft site. Recurring symptoms: Some patients may experience a recurrence of their original symptoms. Nerve damage: It is possible that the nerves or blood vessels may be injured during these operations. These complications are very rare. Blood clots: Another uncommon complication is the formation of blood clots in the legs.

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

Spinal surgery is not widely offered in Cambodia, especially for low-income patients who cannot afford treatment. Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) provides this procedure free of charge. Patients travel to CSC by bus, taxi, or motorbike from all over Cambodia.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients that do not seek a surgical procedure may try exercises and medication. However, these forms of treatment may not be effective.

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