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Mai is a mother of three from Cambodia who needs $485 to fund surgery to heal her elbow after a fall.

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June 3, 2022

Mai is a 52-year-old woman who is married to a vegetable farmer. The couple has two sons and one daughter, who are all attending school. Mai enjoys watching TV, cooking for her family, and taking care of her children.

On March 23rd, Mai slipped and fell, dislocating her right elbow. She sought treatment at a Khmer traditional healer but her condition did not improve. She is still in pain and her elbow is stiff, which makes it difficult to care for her family or do other routine activities.

Another hospital referred Mai to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre. On June 3rd, surgeons are scheduled to perform a reduction of her elbow to allow her to be free of pain and use her right arm again. Mai and her husband were able to contribute $100 for her care. They need help raising $485.

Mai said, “After surgery, when my right elbow gets fixed - no more pain, no infection, and I’ll work for my family again.”

Mai is a 52-year-old woman who is married to a vegetable farmer. The couple has two sons and one daughter, who are all attending school. Mai...

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Mai's Timeline

  • June 3, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Mai was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • June 3, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Mai was scheduled to receive 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.

  • June 9, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mai's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Mai is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

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Treatment
Reduction Procedure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $485 for Mai's treatment
Hospital Fees
$70
Medical Staff
$364
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A reduction procedure is needed to correct alignment of bones. After a bone fracture, parts of the bone can become displaced or angulated.

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

Living with fractured or misaligned bones can be painful and limits functionality, which can interfere with day-to-day tasks.

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

In Cambodia, road rules are largely unregulated and traffic accidents occur frequently, often causing fractures and bone dislocations.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Reduction procedures are classified as open reduction and closed reduction. In an open reduction, surgery is performed to expose the fracture fragments at the site of the injury and realign the bones. In a closed reduction, bones are reset without surgical exposure.

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

Reduction procedures can greatly improve quality of life by reducing the pain from the fractured bone and allowing mobility and use of it.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Closed reductions have fewer risks than open reductions, as they do not carry the potential complications of any surgical exposure. Risks of closed reduction procedures include injury to nerves or blood vessels near the affected bone and blood clot formation. In addition to these, risks of open reduction also include infection and stiffness.

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

Reduction procedures, especially those that require surgeries, are not easily accessed or afforded by many Cambodians. Patients will travel for many hours to reach CSC for free surgical treatment.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

For patients in need of reduction procedures to reset a misaligned bone, few alternatives exist. Traditional healers are often used, but with unsuccessful results.

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