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Success! Matt from Cambodia raised $465 to fund a fracture repair surgery.

Matt
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  • $465 raised, $0 to go
$465
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Matt's treatment was fully funded on January 25, 2021.

Photo of Matt post-operation

October 17, 2020

Matt underwent a fracture repair surgery.

Matt’s procedure was successful. His wound has healed well with no complications and he has regained a normal range of motion in his arm. Once he has fully recovered he will be able to return to work without experiencing any pain.

Matt said, “I am thankful to the doctors of CSC for helping me, and I hope I can start work again soon after I return home.”

Matt's procedure was successful. His wound has healed well with no complications and he has regained a normal range of motion in his arm. On...

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August 13, 2020

Matt is a 36-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He and his wife have been married for 10 years and have four children. Two of their children are in elementary school. His wife is also a farmer. In his free time, he likes taking care of his cows, playing games with his children, watching TV, and doing work around their home.

In March 2020, Matt was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture of his left arm. He initially sought treatment from a traditional Khmer healer, but the condition of his arm has worsened over time. He cannot use his left arm at all, and still experiences pain whenever he tries to move it.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On August 12th, Matt will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will heal his fracture and allow him to regain use of his arm.

Matt shared, “I look forward to having a strong arm, so I can do my work and hold my kids again.”

Matt is a 36-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He and his wife have been married for 10 years and have four children. Two of their childre...

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Matt's Timeline

  • August 12, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Matt 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.

  • August 13, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Matt was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • August 14, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Matt's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 17, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Matt's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 25, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Matt's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $465 for Matt's treatment
Hospital Fees
$65
Medical Staff
$311
Medication
$0
Supplies
$81
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 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.