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Success! Veasna from Cambodia raised $230 to fund fracture hardware removal.

Veasna
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  • $230 raised, $0 to go
$230
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Veasna's treatment was fully funded on January 24, 2021.

Photo of Veasna post-operation

October 17, 2020

Veasna underwent surgery to remove hardware from his fracture.

Veasna’s procedure was successful and went smoothly! The problematic hardware has been removed and he is no longer at risk of any further infections. His wound has healed well, and when he fully recovers, Veasna will be able to walk easily with no pain.

Veasna said, “I can walk already and my leg feels good, so I am happy with the surgery. I hope I can work again soon.”

Veasna's procedure was successful and went smoothly! The problematic hardware has been removed and he is no longer at risk of any further in...

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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
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Veasna's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 24, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Veasna's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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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