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Success! Oudam from Cambodia raised $230 to fund hardware removal surgery for his leg fracture.

Oudam
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  • $230 raised, $0 to go
$230
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Oudam's treatment was fully funded on November 21, 2021.

Photo of Oudam post-operation

September 3, 2021

Oudam underwent hardware removal surgery for his leg fracture.

Oudam’s surgery was a success! Surgeons removed the hardware in his femur so he can walk normally once again. As part of the recovery process, Oudam will also work with the physiotherapy team to correct his gait. He is looking forward to returning to work to support his growing family and being able to play sports again!

Oudam’s wife shared, “I am so happy to see my husband get better. He was unhappy that he could not work and had been in pain. Now he will be better. Thank you to the donors who helped my husband improve his health.”

Oudam's surgery was a success! Surgeons removed the hardware in his femur so he can walk normally once again. As part of the recovery proces...

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August 2, 2021

Oudam is a 18-year-old construction worker and new father. He recently got married and he and his wife have a two-month-old son. His wife is a garment-factory worker. Oudam enjoys playing sports, especially volleyball, which he plays four times a week with his friends. He also likes to listen to music and take photos in the countryside.

In September of 2018, Oudam was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture in his left leg. After the accident, his family took him to a government hospital, where doctors fixated hardware to heal his fracture. Now the fracture has healed well, and the hardware needs to be removed to avoid further complications and infection.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), can help. On August 2nd, Oudam will undergo a hardware removal procedure that will allow him to heal fully. CSC is requesting $230 to fund this procedure.

Oudam shares, “I am so glad to have the opportunity to get the hardware out, so that my leg can feel normal again. I am excited to play volleyball again!”

Oudam is a 18-year-old construction worker and new father. He recently got married and he and his wife have a two-month-old son. His wife is...

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Oudam's Timeline

  • August 2, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 2, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Oudam 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.

  • August 3, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Oudam's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 3, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Oudam's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 21, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Oudam's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $230 for Oudam's treatment
Hospital Fees
$35
Medical Staff
$147
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 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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