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Success! Sokha from Cambodia raised $411 to fund elbow surgery.

Sokha
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  • $411 raised, $0 to go
$411
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sokha's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Sokha post-operation

April 12, 2017

Sokha underwent elbow surgery.

Sokha’s treatment for her right arm went well. Surgeons at CSC first performed a debridement procedure to remove fibrous tissue. They then reduced the elbow by cutting the bones that make up the elbow to allow for realignment. Following the procedure,, she was given pain medication, and her sutures were removed ten days later. She wears an arm sling for support while her arm heals. She had one week of physiotherapy at CSC before being discharged. Her wound has healed nicely. Sokha is now able to bend her elbow more easily than before, and she does not experience any pain.

Sokha says, “Now I can bend my elbow and hold and carry things better. I will go to work to support my family again.”

Sokha's treatment for her right arm went well. Surgeons at CSC first performed a debridement procedure to remove fibrous tissue. They then r...

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March 6, 2017

Sokha is a 51-year-old mother from Cambodia. She is married and has two sons and three daughters. Sokha sells food to support her family, and in her downtime, she enjoys listening to the news on the radio.

In December 2016, Sokha was involved in a motor accident, sustaining a dislocated right elbow. Initially, she sought out traditional healer treatment, but her condition did not improve, and she still experiences stiffness and pain in her elbow.

Having heard about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), from a neighbor, Sokha decided to seek additional treatment. On March 7, Sokha will undergo open reduction internal fixation surgery, a procedure which will realign her elbow. CSC is asking for $411 to cover the cost of her treatment.

After surgery, Sokha will be able to easily use her arm again!

Sokha is a 51-year-old mother from Cambodia. She is married and has two sons and three daughters. Sokha sells food to support her family, an...

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Sokha's Timeline

  • March 6, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 7, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sokha 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.

  • March 8, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sokha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 12, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sokha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sokha's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $411 for Sokha's treatment
Hospital Fees
$251
Medical Staff
$147
Medication
$5
Supplies
$8
  • 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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