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Success! Sey Ha from Cambodia raised $480 to fund joint surgery.

Sey Ha
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  • $480 raised, $0 to go
$480
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sey Ha's treatment was fully funded on August 6, 2019.

Photo of Sey Ha post-operation

May 15, 2019

Sey Ha underwent joint surgery.

Sey Ha’s surgery went well and he’s been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his leg. Surgery will allow Sey Ha to greatly improve his quality of life and allow him to walk and work without pain.

Sey Ha's surgery went well and he's been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his leg. Surgery will a...

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May 1, 2019

Sey Ha is a 19-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He is currently studying the Korean language and likes to play soccer in his free time.

In March 2019, Sey Ha was involved in a motorcycle accident, fracturing his right ankle. He is unable to walk without support, and cannot continue his work on the farm.

When Sey Ha learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 2, surgeons at CSC will perform a joint arthrodesis procedure to fuse his right ankle and to help him walk again. Now, Sey Ha needs help to fund this $480 procedure.

He says, “I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to walk again and return to my work and studies.”

Sey Ha is a 19-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He is currently studying the Korean language and likes to play soccer in his free time. ...

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Sey Ha's Timeline

  • May 1, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 02, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sey Ha 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.

  • May 03, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sey Ha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 15, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sey Ha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 06, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sey Ha's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Joint Arthrodesis
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $480 for Sey Ha's treatment
Hospital Fees
$118
Medical Staff
$314
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?

Arthrodesis is the abolition and fusion of a joint via surgical means. For example, the knee joint is obliterated to join the femur to the tibia. This is done to relieve intractable pain that cannot be managed by pain medication, splints, or other treatments. The typical causes of such pain are fractures, severe sprains, infections, and arthritis. Arthrodesis is most commonly performed on joints in the spine, hand, ankle, and foot. This procedure can also be performed on the shoulder, knee, or wrist.

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

Any painful joint can impair normal function. Moving the legs, arms, or spine may be acutely painful and disabling.

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

Patients in Cambodia often neglect pain and other symptoms far longer than patients in America, so their cases become more complex.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

There are a number of joint arthrodesis surgeries that a patient might undergo. The patient will be examined, and doctors will create a treatment plan for the affected joint.

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

The patient will be rendered pain-free. Of course, the patient will experience limited function in this joint.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Surgery performed on the limbs is not risky. However, spinal fusion procedures can entail a lot of blood loss and are inherently more risky.

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

Joint arthrodesis is not widely available in Cambodia, as there are only a handful of doctors in the country that perform fusions. Usually, people experience months or years of pain before the joint fuses itself or they manage to find a surgeon to treat it appropriately.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The alternatives to surgery are bracing or splinting, but these are temporary measures.

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