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Success! Taingkea from Cambodia raised $930 to fund spinal surgery.

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Taingkea's treatment was fully funded on May 1, 2018.

Photo of Taingkea post-operation

April 19, 2018

Taingkea underwent spinal surgery.

Taingkea’s surgery went well and he has been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and strength in his back. Taingkea is happy that he can move and work without pain.

His mother says, “I am happy to see my son is feeling better and that his back pain has gone away. I am very happy with the results of the procedure.”

Taingkea's surgery went well and he has been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and strength in his back. Taingkea ...

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March 14, 2018

Taingkea is a 26-year-old man from Cambodia. He is single and has seven siblings. He is the eldest child. He enjoys watching football and drinking coffee when he is not working.

For the past three years, he has had chronic back pain. He has difficulty getting comfortable and bending his back. He needs to undergo a spinal surgery to help him regain function in his back and not be in pain.

Fortunately, Taingkea is scheduled to undergo surgery on March 14. He needs help to fund this $930 procedure.

He says, “I hope my back does not cause me pain anymore after the surgery and I can walk more easily.”

Taingkea is a 26-year-old man from Cambodia. He is single and has seven siblings. He is the eldest child. He enjoys watching football and dr...

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Taingkea's Timeline

  • March 14, 2018

    Taingkea was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • March 14, 2018

    Taingkea 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.

  • March 15, 2018

    Taingkea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 19, 2018

    Taingkea's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 1, 2018

    Taingkea's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 22 donors

Funded by 22 donors

Spinal Surgery (without implants)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $930 for Taingkea'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?

Patients experiencing severe back pain may also experience fever and chills, unexplained weight loss, sudden bowel and/or bladder incontinence, and severe, continuous abdominal pain. Often, pain, numbness, or weakness is also felt in the arms and legs.

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

Patients with severe back pain experience difficulty walking, sleeping, sitting, riding a motorcycle, working, going to school, and carrying out everyday tasks. If the pain affects a patient's ability to work or go to school, the patient will be unable to earn money to support his or her family or continue his or her education. Patients may experience discomfort and difficulty breathing.

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

Cambodian culture emphasizes the importance of working hard and earning money to support the family. When a patient is unable to work, he or she may feel helpless or may experience financial difficulty.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Spinal surgeries are generally classified as decompression or fusion. Decompression surgeries are performed to relieve pressure on a spinal nerve, and involve removal of a disc or of bone that presses on the spinal nerve in order to relieve this pressure. Common decompression surgeries are discectomy and laminectomy. Fusion surgeries are performed to stabilize the spine and relieve pain. There are various methods of fusion surgeries; in those performed without hardware, two or more vertebrae are fused together by inserting a bone graft, which helps bone grow and eliminates motion between the fused vertebrae.

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

The patient will be able to work or go to school without pain.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

As with any operation, there are potential risks associated with spinal surgery. These include: Infection: Antibiotics are regularly given to the patient before, during, and after surgery to lessen the risk of infection. Bleeding: A certain amount of bleeding is expected, but this is not typically significant. Pain at bone graft site: A small percentage of patients will experience persistent pain at the bone graft site. Recurring symptoms: Some patients may experience a recurrence of their original symptoms. Nerve damage: It is possible that the nerves or blood vessels may be injured during these operations. These complications are very rare. Blood clots: Another uncommon complication is the formation of blood clots in the legs.

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

Spinal surgery is not widely offered in Cambodia, especially for low-income patients who cannot afford treatment. Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) provides this procedure free of charge. Patients travel to CSC by bus, taxi, or motorbike from all over Cambodia.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients that do not seek a surgical procedure may try exercises and medication. However, these forms of treatment may not be effective.

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