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Success! Makara from Cambodia raised $230 to fund femur fracture repair.

Makara
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  • $230 raised, $0 to go
$230
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$0
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Fully funded
Makara's treatment was fully funded on September 27, 2020.

Photo of Makara post-operation

June 30, 2020

Makara underwent a femur fracture repair.

Makara’s surgery was successful! The plates and screws in his femur have been removed, and the infection has been cleaned up. The bone will heal correctly now. He will soon begin physiotherapy with the goal of strengthening his leg and gaining a normal gait.

“I feel very happy that my leg is finally going to be healed for good. I already feel that I can walk better and I am excited for therapy. I hope to start my work again soon,” Makara shared.

Makara's surgery was successful! The plates and screws in his femur have been removed, and the infection has been cleaned up. The bone will ...

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May 5, 2020

Makara is a 27-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has two sons, with his wife is taking care of them at home. He likes playing football, listening to radio, and taking his wife and kids to travel when he can.

In January 2020, Makara was in a motorcycle accident that caused a fracture on his right femur. He went to a one military hospital where a plate and screws were fixated on his femur to heal the fracture but it is still not well. Now, the hardware is rotated and infected. It is difficult for him to walk, and he is in chronic pain.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On May 5th, Makara will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will help him walk easily again.

“I hope that I will be able to walk without pain after my operation, I want to work to make income and support my family,” Makara said.

Makara is a 27-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has two sons, with his wife is taking care of them at home. He likes playing football,...

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Makara's Timeline

  • May 5, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 05, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Makara 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.

  • May 06, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Makara's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 30, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Makara's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 27, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Makara's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $230 for Makara'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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Fred

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