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Success! Mithona from Cambodia raised $390 to fund elbow surgery.

  • $390 raised, $0 to go
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Mithona's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Mithona post-operation

July 7, 2017

Mithona underwent elbow surgery.

Mithona’s treatment for his left elbow went well. Following the procedure, he was given pain medication and he had one week of physiotherapy at CSC before being discharged. His wounds have healed nicely and he does not experience any pain. Mithona is now able to bend his elbow better than before. He is scheduled for a 1-month follow-up appointment.

Mithona says, “I am happy that I had the surgery. I can bend my elbow better. Thanks to the staff at CSC for the help. I hope to go back to school again.”

Mithona's treatment for his left elbow went well. Following the procedure, he was given pain medication and he had one week of physiotherapy...

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June 20, 2017

Mithona is an eight-year-old from Cambodia who is in the second grade. In his free time, Mithona enjoys reading, watching TV, and playing football.

In May, Mithona fell and dislocated his left elbow. His mother initially took him to a traditional Khmer healer for treatment, however Mithona’s symptoms never improved. He continued to experience limited mobility and pain.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Center, is requesting $390 to fund an open reduction procedure to heal Mithona’s elbow. The surgery is scheduled to take place on June 21 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Mithona to use his arm easily and comfortably again.

Mithona is an eight-year-old from Cambodia who is in the second grade. In his free time, Mithona enjoys reading, watching TV, and playing fo...

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Mithona's Timeline

  • June 20, 2017

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

  • June 21, 2017

    Mithona 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.

  • July 06, 2017

    Mithona's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 07, 2017

    Mithona's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017

    Mithona's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Reduction Procedure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $390 for Mithona's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A reduction procedure is needed to correct alignment of bones. After a bone fracture, parts of the bone can become displaced or angulated.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Living with fractured or misaligned bones can be painful and limits functionality, which can interfere with day-to-day tasks.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

In Cambodia, road rules are largely unregulated and traffic accidents occur frequently, often causing fractures and bone dislocations.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Reduction procedures are classified as open reduction and closed reduction. In an open reduction, surgery is performed to expose the fracture fragments at the site of the injury and realign the bones. In a closed reduction, bones are reset without surgical exposure.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Reduction procedures can greatly improve quality of life by reducing the pain from the fractured bone and allowing mobility and use of it.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Closed reductions have fewer risks than open reductions, as they do not carry the potential complications of any surgical exposure. Risks of closed reduction procedures include injury to nerves or blood vessels near the affected bone and blood clot formation. In addition to these, risks of open reduction also include infection and stiffness.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Reduction procedures, especially those that require surgeries, are not easily accessed or afforded by many Cambodians. Patients will travel for many hours to reach CSC for free surgical treatment.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

For patients in need of reduction procedures to reset a misaligned bone, few alternatives exist. Traditional healers are often used, but with unsuccessful results.

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