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Success! Chantha from Cambodia raised $405 to treat her fractured arm.

Chantha
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  • $405 raised, $0 to go
$405
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$0
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Fully funded
Chantha's treatment was fully funded on July 30, 2016.

Photo of Chantha post-operation

September 17, 2016

Chantha received treatment for her fractured arm.

Chantha’s surgery went well, and she had one week of physiotherapy after her operation. Her wound has healed and she can easily use her arm now.

“I’m happy to go home and go back to work so I can support my family,” Chantha shared after surgery.

Chantha's surgery went well, and she had one week of physiotherapy after her operation. Her wound has healed and she can easily use her arm ...

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June 27, 2016

Chantha is 31-years-old, and married with one son and one daughter. She works selling vegetables at the market and enjoys staying at home and looking after her children.

Chantha fell down stairs on March 31, 2016 and fractured her left forearm. She is in pain and can’t use her left arm. She received Khmer traditional medicine treatment for three months, but her fracture has not healed.

She traveled three hours with her brother to reach Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment. For $405, surgeons at CSC will perform an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) procedure to realign the fractured bones in her forearm. After the surgery, she will regain the ability to move her arm.

“When I am better, I will go home and continue to work at my business,” shares Chantha.

Chantha is 31-years-old, and married with one son and one daughter. She works selling vegetables at the market and enjoys staying at home an...

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Chantha's Timeline

  • June 27, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Chantha was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • June 27, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chantha 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 24, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chantha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 30, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chantha's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 17, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chantha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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