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Success! Sea from Cambodia raised $430 to fund fracture repair surgery.

Sea
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  • $430 raised, $0 to go
$430
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sea's treatment was fully funded on May 1, 2018.

Photo of Sea post-operation

March 15, 2018

Sea underwent fracture repair surgery.

Sea’s surgery went well and she’s been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in her leg. Surgery will allow Sea to greatly improve her quality of life and allow her to walk and work without pain.

She says, “I am happy with the results from the surgery. Now I can walk without pain. I would like to say thank you very much for helping me.”

Sea's surgery went well and she's been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in her leg. Surgery will all...

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March 6, 2018

Sea is a 71-year-old grandmother from Cambodia. She has a daughter and many grandchildren. She enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio, visiting the local pagoda, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Two years ago, she was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture in her left femur. It is difficult for her to walk, and she is in chronic pain.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On March 7, Sea will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. This procedure will help her walk easily again.

She says, “After surgery I hope I can walk normal and without pain.”

Sea is a 71-year-old grandmother from Cambodia. She has a daughter and many grandchildren. She enjoys listening to the monks pray on the rad...

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Sea's Timeline

  • March 6, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 7, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sea 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.

  • March 8, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 15, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sea's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 1, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sea's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $430 for Sea's treatment
Hospital Fees
$65
Medical Staff
$277
Medication
$0
Supplies
$80
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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Ra Sa

Ra Sa is a 67-year-old woman who lives with her nephew in Mae La Refugee Camp in Thailand. Ra Sa is a homemaker and her nephew is a student. Ra Sa’s daughter, who also lives in the camp with her husband, supports Ra Sa with food and visits several times a week. Ra Sa’s daughter works as a domestic worker in the camp, and her son-in-law works as a porter unloading supplies from delivery trucks, but the support they are able to provide for Ra Sa does not always cover her expenses. In her free time, Ra Sa likes to teach children at the local mosque. However, since a hernia appeared last year, she has not been able to teach in the same way. Once she has recovered, she wants to live happily with her nephew and to continue teaching. Since the 7th of March 2020, Ra Sa has had an umbilical hernia. She experiences a lot of pain in her lower abdomen and has three lumps that are increasing in size every day. She can no longer sit for more than 10 minutes before she is in pain, feeling more comfortable when she lies down. Sometimes she cannot breathe well and is having other troubling symptoms. Fortunately, on March 5th, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Ra Sa's hernia repair surgery, which will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably again. Ra Sa said, “I prayed every day that I would get a donor to cover the cost of my surgery and I feel like my prayers have been answered. I am so happy! I would like to say thank you so much to all of the donors. I will never forget what you have done for me and I hope that you will continue to help more patients in the future.”

78% funded

78%funded
$1,173raised
$327to go

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