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Success! Khom from Cambodia raised $465 to fund leg surgery so he can walk again.

Khom
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$465
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Khom's treatment was fully funded on January 22, 2021.

Photo of Khom post-operation

January 25, 2021

Khom underwent leg surgery so he can walk again.

Khom had extensive pre-op treatment and surgery to fix his tibia and is recovering well. Doctors checked his surgical wound daily to make sure he has no infection, and he started physiotherapy exercises to regain strength and flexibility. He will remain on crutches until his wound heals and he is strong enough to walk by himself. He’s happy to have returned back to his village and looks forward to returning to farming to support his family.

His wife and children are very happy and thank the surgeons at CSC for saving their father’s leg.

Khom had extensive pre-op treatment and surgery to fix his tibia and is recovering well. Doctors checked his surgical wound daily to make s...

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January 18, 2021

Khom is a 63-year-old farmer who fractured his right tibia in a motor vehicle accident last month. He opted to receive Khmer traditional treatment by using a bamboo splint but his leg did not heal. His neighbor suggested he go to the Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). He arrived at our medical partner CSC with pain on his right leg, his fracture site still unhealed, and an inability to walk without crutches. He was placed in traction for six days, after which surgeons have decided he needs an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) procedure to fully heal.

Khom has been married for 40 years and has two sons and three daughters. They are all married and have blessed him with six wonderful grandchildren. His wife is a farmer too, and they live with one of his daughters. In his free time, Khom likes to do group exercise, take care of his grandchildren, listen to the radio, and visit the pagoda to hear the chanting of monks.

On January 18th, Khom will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will help him walk again and return to farming to support his family.

He is hopeful that he will soon be able to walk without pain and get back to farming.

Khom is a 63-year-old farmer who fractured his right tibia in a motor vehicle accident last month. He opted to receive Khmer traditional tre...

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Khom's Timeline

  • January 18, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 18, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Khom 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.

  • January 19, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Khom's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 22, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Khom's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 25, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Khom's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $465 for Khom'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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Twahiru is an 8-month-old baby boy from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of five children. About four months ago, Twahiru developed a bilateral inguinal hernia. The hernia causes him a lot of pain due to the swelling, so he is very irritable. Twahiru is not feeding well and gets very little sleep at night. His mother first noticed the swelling when he was six months old, but when they brought him to the local hospital, they were told the swelling would disappears as he grew up. As time went on, the swelling increased in size significantly, continuing to cause Twahiru more discomfort. However, Twahiru's parents are unable to afford the cost of his care. Since they do not have a stable income, they are forced to go out every morning seeking day jobs on other people's farms in order to support their family. Getting treatment for Twahiru has been challenging, and they have had to borrow money at different points or seek out herbal treatment for him. Twahiru's parents appeal for financial support for their son. Fortunately, on February 15th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $566 to fund Twahiru's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Twahiru’s mother shared, "Our baby does not feed well, and he is always crying due to the pain caused by this condition. Please help him have this surgery as we can’t afford the cost.”

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$131raised
$435to go

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