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Success! Oun from Cambodia raised $465 to fund surgery for a broken arm.

Oun
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  • $465 raised, $0 to go
$465
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Oun's treatment was fully funded on January 29, 2021.

Photo of Oun post-operation

November 26, 2020

Oun underwent surgery for a broken arm.

Oun’s procedure was successful! Her wound has healed well, and she will go through a physiotherapy program to improve her range of motion. Once she has fully recovered, she will no longer experience any pain or swelling and will be able to move her arm normally.

Oun said, “I am excited to heal so that I can go back to work and back to making cakes. I also want to hold my granddaughter.”

Oun's procedure was successful! Her wound has healed well, and she will go through a physiotherapy program to improve her range of motion. O...

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September 7, 2020

Oun is a 56-year-old Khmer cake seller from Cambodia. Oun has been married for 31 years and she has three daughters and one granddaughter. Oun’s husband is a hard-working farmer.

Three months ago Oun was in an accident caused by a dog running across the road as she was driving her moto. The accident caused a left side distal humerus fracture. First, she went to a Khmer traditional healer for treatment but after one week she saw no improvement. She still experiences swelling, pain with movement, and is unable to flex her left arm. Her family encouraged her to come to Watsi’s Medical Partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC).

Fortunately, surgeons at CSC can help. On September 7th, Oun will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will allow her to use her left arm again.

Oun says, “I hope after surgery my arm will heal and I will not feel any pain.”

Oun is a 56-year-old Khmer cake seller from Cambodia. Oun has been married for 31 years and she has three daughters and one granddaughter. O...

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Oun's Timeline

  • September 7, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Oun was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • September 7, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Oun 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.

  • September 8, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Oun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 26, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Oun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 29, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Oun's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $465 for Oun'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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Duncan

Duncan is a 28-year-old man from Kenya. He is currently unemployed. Both of his parents are elderly and are farmers. Because of his current condition, he lives with his relatives who help him visit the hospital regularly for checkups. Duncan currently has tinnitus in his right ear, which causes him to have reduced hearing. His symptoms began in early 2010 after a road traffic accident, which also caused him a spine injury. He is currently still waiting to receive spine surgery. A few weeks after the accident, Duncan started having ear drainage, and visited a local hospital in his hometown for treatment. His ear eventually recovered, but the pain and infection reappeared two years later in 2012. Gradually, Duncan became unable to hear voices well, and currently he is not able to hear using the right ear. Doctors have recommended that he get a hearing aid to restore his hearing to its normal levels and improve his quality of life. However, Duncan cannot afford the cost of the hearing aids. His National Health Insurance Fund coverage cannot cover the cost of both his spine surgery and this treatment for his hearing loss. He currently relies on well-wishers to pay for his medical bills. Duncan appeals for financial support. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Duncan receive his hearing aids on March 31st. This will cost $748, and he needs help raising money. Duncan shared, “I am losing my hearing at a tender age, my mobility is also threatened and I am unable to afford the increasing cost of medical care. I need support to get this treatment so that I may hear well again. Thank you for your support.”

57% funded

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$432raised
$316to go

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