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Success! Sophal from Cambodia raised $430 to fund fracture repair surgery.

Sophal
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  • $430 raised, $0 to go
$430
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sophal's treatment was fully funded on August 6, 2019.

Photo of Sophal post-operation

May 15, 2019

Sophal underwent fracture repair surgery.

Sophal’s surgery went well and he’s been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his leg. Surgery will allow Sophal to greatly improve his quality of life and allow him to walk and return to his work as a security officer without pain or difficulties.

Sophal's surgery went well and he's been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his leg. Surgery will a...

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May 6, 2019

Sophal is a 54-year-old security officer from Cambodia. He enjoys listening to the radio, reading books, and helping his wife with the housework in his free time.

In 2017, Sophal fell off his motocycle and fractured his left leg. He is unable to walk without support and often experiences pain.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On May 7, Sophal will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. This procedure will help to allow Sophal to walk again without any pain or difficulty.

He says, “I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to walk normally and go back to work.”

Sophal is a 54-year-old security officer from Cambodia. He enjoys listening to the radio, reading books, and helping his wife with the house...

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Sophal's Timeline

  • May 6, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 07, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sophal 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 07, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sophal's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 15, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sophal's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 06, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sophal's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

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Funded by 3 donors

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Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $430 for Sophal's treatment
Hospital Fees
$65
Medical Staff
$277
Medication
$0
Supplies
$80
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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Chan is a 36-year-old woman who lives with her husband and father-in-law in Shwepyithar Town, Yangon Division. Chan’s husband works as a day labourer on a construction site, while Chan is a seamstress who works from home. In 2010, Chan started to feel tired, had a rapid heartbeat and developed joint pain. She went to the clinic in Thaton, where she lived at that time, and received an an echocardiogram (echo) and x-ray. The doctor also told her that, if her heart became too enlarged, she would not be able to control her condition with oral medication and she would not be able to have a baby. She then received oral medication for a week which made her feel better for a while. In September 2019, when she went back for her follow-up appointment, she received another echo. Following this, the doctor explained to her that her condition could no longer be stabilized with medication. As he knew that Chan could not afford to pay for her surgery, he referred her to Pinlon Hospital. On 17th September 2019, she met the staff at Pin Long Hospital and who then referred her to Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). Currently, Chan suffers from chest pain, has difficulty breathing, has a rapid heartbeat and has lost weight. In her free times Chan likes to sew, cook and do housework. “When I’m fully recovered, I will continue to work as a seamstress, save money and live happily with family,” said Chan. “Once I have enough money, my husband and I have decided to adopt one child. And I want to do charity work and help poor people as much as I can.”

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