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

Siek
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  • $430 raised, $0 to go
$430
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Siek's treatment was fully funded on April 22, 2019.

Photo of Siek post-operation

March 1, 2019

Siek underwent fracture repair surgery.

Siek’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 Siek to greatly improve his quality of life and allow him to walk and work without pain.

He says, “I am so happy that my surgery went well and that I have regained movement in my leg and no longer have any pain.”

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

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February 17, 2019

Siek is a 24-year-old blacksmith from Cambodia. He has eight other siblings and likes to listen to pop music and go for walks with friends during his free time.

Last year, Siek suffered from a motorcycle accident that injured his left leg. He is now unable to walk and is in a lot of pain.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On February 18, Siek will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. This surgery will help him to walk again and relieve the pain.

He says, “After surgery, I hope that I can walk again without any pain and go back to work.”

Siek is a 24-year-old blacksmith from Cambodia. He has eight other siblings and likes to listen to pop music and go for walks with friends d...

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Siek's Timeline

  • February 17, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 18, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Siek 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 19, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Siek's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 01, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Siek's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 22, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Siek's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $430 for Siek'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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Sein

Sein is a 35-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her son, daughter and her husband in a village in Thaton Township, Mon State. Sein’s husband is a driver and she is a homemaker. Four years ago, Sein experienced severe back pain with a fever. She went to the private clinic in Thaton where she received an ultrasound and was admitted for five nights. She shared that no one explained her diagnosis to her, but she received some pain medication and an intravenous line which made her feel better. Her symptoms disappeared after that, but in June 2019, her back pain returned. She also has jaundice of her eyes and the color of her urine is bright yellow. She started having a high fever and this time she felt that her back pain was very severe. Sein went to Yangon for treatment but after she was told that she needed surgery, she could not afford to pay for it. In early January 2020, she talked with her friend who works in Mae Sot, Thailand about her problem, and her friend suggested that she come to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). On January 6th, Sein and her husband came to MTC, where she received some medications after she was examined by the medic. The medic at MTC referred her to Watsi Medical Partner's Care Center Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further investigation. There she received an ultrasound as well as a blood test. After that the doctor recommended a computed tomography (CT) scan, which is planned for February 28th. Currently, Sein still experiences back pain as well as lower abdominal pain and tightness. If she sits or walks for a longer period of time, the pain worsens. Doctors want Sein to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Sein's CT scan and care, scheduled for February 28th. Sein said, “When I am in pain, I cannot do washing and other household chores. My husband has to help me with all this and he also has to accompany me which affects his income for our family.”

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$32raised
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