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Success! Sovantha from Cambodia raised $230 to fund fracture repair surgery to heal his wrist.

Sovantha
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  • $230 raised, $0 to go
$230
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sovantha's treatment was fully funded on February 21, 2021.

Photo of Sovantha post-operation

February 24, 2021

Sovantha underwent fracture repair surgery to heal his wrist.

Sovantha had successful surgery to remove the pin from his healed fracture. His stitches have healed, and he completed physical therapy to ensure improved function and mobility in his wrist. He will no longer have to miss any more work and will be able to earn money to support his family. The surgical team is looking forward to his results at his three-month follow-up appointment.

“I’m happy that my hand healed after doctors removed hardware, now I feel confident that I can return to work, enjoy activities of life, particularly I can earn money to support my family.”

Sovantha had successful surgery to remove the pin from his healed fracture. His stitches have healed, and he completed physical therapy to e...

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November 18, 2020

Sovantha is a 36-year-old mechanic from Cambodia. He’s been married for 16 years and together they have one son and two daughters, all in school. Sovantha’s wife works in a factory. When he is not fixing motors, Sovantha enjoys playing on his phone, listening to music, watching TV, washing clothes, and cooking. He also likes to spend time with his children at home.

In May 2020, Sovantha fell 3 meters causing a severe fracture of his left wrist. After the accident he had a pin surgically placed in his wrist to heal the fracture. The bone has healed and the hardware needs to be removed so that he has full functionality and no more risk of infection.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On November 18th, Sovantha will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. The pins will be surgically removed to prevent future complications such as pain and infection.

Sovantha said, “I hope after the pin is removed my left wrist will feel great and there will be no infection.”

Sovantha is a 36-year-old mechanic from Cambodia. He's been married for 16 years and together they have one son and two daughters, all in sc...

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Sovantha's Timeline

  • November 18, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sovantha was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • November 18, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sovantha received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre in Cambodia. 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.

  • November 20, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sovantha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 21, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sovantha's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 24, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sovantha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $230 for Sovantha'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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