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Success! Kosal from Cambodia raised $304 to fund fracture hardware surgery following an accident.

Kosal
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  • $304 raised, $0 to go
$304
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Kosal's treatment was fully funded on September 19, 2022.

Photo of Kosal post-operation

September 27, 2022

Kosal underwent fracture hardware surgery following an accident.

Kosal traveled five hours to have the metal removed from his fracture repairs. He is relieved that the hardware has been removed and his aches will finally disappear. He will work with the physiotherapy team to increase his muscle strength and hopes to be active again soon. His life will improve because he can return to his job as a driver to financially support himself and his family.

Kosal said: “I feel much better with the metal removed from my leg and arms, and want to be strong again. Thank you to the CSC staff and everyone who helped me to be healthy and have a good life. We are very lucky.”

Kosal traveled five hours to have the metal removed from his fracture repairs. He is relieved that the hardware has been removed and his ach...

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April 22, 2022

Kosal is a 21-year-old driver with three sisters. His father also works as a driver, while his mother works as a farmer. In his free time, Kosal enjoys playing football, fishing, and drinking coffee with friends.

In December, Kosal was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture of his left elbow, ankle, and femur. He went to a local hospital, where doctors fixed hardware to heal his fracture. Now, the bones are healed, and the hardware needs to be removed. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), can help Kosal receive treatment. On April 22nd, Kosal will undergo a hardware removal procedure to remove the hardware and prevent any future complications. CSC is requesting $304 to help fund this procedure. Kosal’s family has also contributed $100 toward his treatment costs.

Kosal was hopeful to feel better soon and shared, “I hope I heal quickly and can return to work soon.”

Kosal is a 21-year-old driver with three sisters. His father also works as a driver, while his mother works as a farmer. In his free time, K...

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Kosal's Timeline

  • April 22, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 22, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kosal 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.

  • April 28, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kosal's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 19, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kosal's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 27, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kosal's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $304 for Kosal'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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