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Success! Loeum from Cambodia raised $465 to fund knee fracture repair from a motorcycle accident.

Loeum
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$465
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Fully funded
Loeum's treatment was fully funded on November 25, 2020.

Photo of Loeum post-operation

March 26, 2020

Loeum underwent knee fracture repair from a motorcycle accident.

Loeum successfully underwent knee fusion surgery, and her stitches are nearly ready to be removed. Once her stitches have been removed, she will spend some time each day with the physical therapists to ensure her leg and knee have a full range of motion. The doctors have scheduled her for a follow-up appointment, and they are looking forward to witnessing her improved progress again in three-months time.

She shared with a smile, “I am so happy that my wounds have healed and that I am no longer in any pain.”

Loeum successfully underwent knee fusion surgery, and her stitches are nearly ready to be removed. Once her stitches have been removed, she ...

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February 25, 2020

Loeum is a 44-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four sons, and her favorite activities include growing vegetables, feeding the farm animals, and taking care of her family.

In January 2020, Loeum was in a motorcycle accident and fractured her left knee. She is unable to walk without support, and cannot stand for long periods of time without pain.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On February 26th, Loeum will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This operation will help Loeum’s knee injury to heal and allow her to walk independently again.

“I hope that after my surgery, I will feel much better and I will be able to walk and stand like before without any pain and can return to work,” she shared.

Loeum is a 44-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four sons, and her favorite activities include growing vegetables, feeding the far...

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Loeum's Timeline

  • February 25, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 26, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Loeum 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.

  • February 26, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Loeum's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 26, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Loeum's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 25, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Loeum's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $465 for Loeum's treatment
Hospital Fees
$65
Medical Staff
$311
Medication
$0
Supplies
$81
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 in need of open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) surgeries experience painful fractures or recurrent dislocations. Usually, these injuries result from traffic accidents or other trauma injuries.

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

Living with an abnormal or deformed bone limits function and can interfere with daily activities. It is also extremely painful.

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

Due to lack of helmet usage and weak enforcement of traffic laws, there is a high rate of traffic accidents in Cambodia. This causes many of the fractures and bone dislocations our medical partner sees.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The deformed or abnormal bone is broken and correctly aligned, and any fragments are fixed. Following the realignment of the bone, metal plates, pins, rods, wires, or screws are attached to the bone for stabilization as the internal fixation.

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

Patients will experience restored function and mobility and reduced pain. Patients regain independence and return to work, school, and family life.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Complications from this surgery are rare but include infection, nerve damage, blood clots, and tissue irritation from the hardware.

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 hospital treatment. Many patients are referred to CSC by word of mouth.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There is no alternative care for this treatment.

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$103raised
$657to go

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