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February 5, 2021

Rathanak is a 32-year-old seller from Cambodia. He has 5 siblings: 4 brothers and 1 sister; he is the youngest child in the family. All of Rathanak’s siblings are married and he lives with his mother, as his father has passed away. In his free time, Rathanak likes to exercise, help his mother to do house works, listen to music, and play games on his phone.

In November 2017, Rathanak was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture on the right femur and left forearm. His family took him to a government hospital for surgical treatment, where he had plate screws on his left forearm and a nail on his right femur. The hardware that remains in his forearm and femur causes him discomfort, risks future infection, and needs to be removed.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On February 5th, Rathanak will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230.

Rathanak shared, “I hope my fractures will now completely heal after the hardware removal. I’m looking forward to returning to normal physical activity and going back to work.”

Rathanak is a 32-year-old seller from Cambodia. He has 5 siblings: 4 brothers and 1 sister; he is the youngest child in the family. All of R...

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Rathanak's Timeline

  • February 5, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 5, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rathanak 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.

  • February 6, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rathanak's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 30, 2021
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Rathanak's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Rathanak is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $230 for Rathanak'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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79% funded

79%funded
$1,199raised
$301to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Say

Say is a four-year-old boy who lives with his mother, brother, sister, and grandfather in a refugee camp on the border of Thailand. His father returned to Burma to visit his village last year. When Thailand closed its borders because of the COVID-19 outbreak, his father could not come back to the camp. Say's grandfather is an assistant pastor in the camp and he receives his income through donations when he visits his church members for home prayers. Say goes to nursery school while both of his siblings go to primary school. His mother does all the household chores. Every month, their household receives some funding to purchase rations in the camp, which is just enough for their basic needs. They receive free healthcare and education in the camp, but specialized procedures like the care that Say needs are often not possible. In early February 2021, Say developed an inguinal hernia on his right side, which has resulted in swelling and pain. His mother has noticed that since he developed the hernia, his appetite has decreased, as eating more can sometimes cause additional discomfort. Fortunately, on March 25th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Say's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 25th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Say's mother said, "When I heard that my son needs surgery, I became so worried because he is the youngest in our family." She is eager for the surgery to be complete and for Say to have healed.

79% funded

79%funded
$1,199raised
$301to go