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

Vann
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  • $230 raised, $0 to go
$230
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Vann's treatment was fully funded on November 23, 2020.

Photo of Vann post-operation

March 26, 2020

Vann underwent fracture repair hardware removal.

Vann’s surgery went well in removing the external hardware from his leg. He will now rest with a cast for the next several weeks. Each day, Vann will work with the physical therapy team a little at a time so that, when his leg heals completely, he will have full range of motion and flexibility. Vann will able to walk easily again and return to work without difficulty.

“I am happy that my leg is healing and I can walk well again,” Vann shared.

Vann's surgery went well in removing the external hardware from his leg. He will now rest with a cast for the next several weeks. Each day, ...

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February 23, 2020

Vann is a 23-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. His favorite activities are watching television, listening to music, growing vegetables, and feeding the farm animals nearby his house.

Seven months ago, Vann was in a motorcycle accident and fractured his right leg. He was treated at a hospital in the city where his leg was fixed with external hardware to help his injuries heal. Now, he cannot afford further treatment, and he still experiences pain and is unable to walk without support.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On February 24th, Vann will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. Treatment will allow for Vann to walk easily again without any support, and he will be able to return to work again.

“I hope that my bones will heal completely and I will no longer have any pain and can walk and return to work again to make a living,” he shared.

Vann is a 23-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. His favorite activities are watching television, listening to music, growing vegeta...

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Vann's Timeline

  • February 23, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 24, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vann 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.

  • February 24, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vann's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 26, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vann's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 23, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vann's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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