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Veasna is a rice farmer from Cambodia who needs $230 to fund fracture hardware removal.

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August 11, 2020

Veasna is an 18-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He is the youngest of three siblings. Veasna lives and works with his parents, but is planning to move out soon. He likes to play volleyball with his friends and eat grilled vegetables. He also is learning to build wooden furniture.

In 2018, Veasna was in motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture of his right tibia. Veasna’s family took him to a hospital where doctors fixated hardware to heal his fracture. His bone healed well and he has regained his strength. He can walk and run easily, but now the hardware needs to be removed for him to fully heal.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On August 11th, Veasna will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will allow his bone to fully heal and reduce his risk of any further complications.

Veasna said, “I am thankful for my injury to be healed so well, and I hope that I can run well without this hardware in my leg.”

Veasna is an 18-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He is the youngest of three siblings. Veasna lives and works with his parents, but is pl...

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Veasna's Timeline

  • August 11, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 11, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Veasna 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.

  • August 12, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Veasna's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 17, 2020
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Veasna is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $230 for Veasna'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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Ampaire is a 25 year old single mother to one child who a preschooler. She is from a family of three girls, all now married and small-scale farmers. She shared with us that she stopped schooling during senior high school after getting pregnant and hasn't been able to go back. She currently stays at her maternal home together with her parents and her child. She earns a living from farming where she mostly grows food crops for their family to eat but at times she sells the surplus to generate an income for the family. She sometimes works on other people's gardens to earn an addition income whenever need for urgent money comes. Atuhaire came to the hospital with lower abdominal pain and a persistent backache for three years. She says she feels a solid mass in her abdomen and says she often feels chest congestion, easy fatiguability, and pain when she sleeps on her right side of the body. This has exposed her to having a poorer quality of life and if not treated, the presenting symptoms may persist. Atuhaire had only ever been to Kisiizi Hospital and was seen by the doctor who examined her and recommended her for surgical treatment but since she had limited finances, she decided to persist with her condition. Things worsened thus she decided to come to Nyakibale Hospital for surgery. Having reached here, she was examined by the doctor who requested a scan. The results indicated a Tubo-Ovarian mass and she is recommended for cystectomy treatment. Atuhaire shared: “I hope to get a better health and relief after surgery so that I can continue with cultivation to provide to my family."

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