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Success! Kha from Cambodia raised $411 to fund surgery to fix a bone fracture.

Kha
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$411
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Kha's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Kha post-operation

April 14, 2017

Kha underwent surgery to fix a bone fracture.

Kha’s treatment for his left tibia went well. Surgeons at CSC removed the external fixation that was applied at the hospital he visited previously. Surgeons performed a debridement procedure to remove infected and damaged tissue and a bone graft procedure to fix his bones. Lastly, an external fixation frame was applied to the fracture site for stabilization.

Following the procedure, he was given pain medication and antibiotics, and he was instructed to keep his left leg elevated to prevent swelling. He had one week of physiotherapy at CSC before being discharged. His wound has healed nicely, and he does not experience pain. Kha is now able to walk more easily than before.

Kha says, “I’m happy to be able to work to support my family because I can now walk properly.”

Kha's treatment for his left tibia went well. Surgeons at CSC removed the external fixation that was applied at the hospital he visited prev...

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February 21, 2017

Kha is a 63-year-old farmer who is married with four sons and two daughters. During his free time, he enjoys planting vegetables and keeping his home tidy.

Two years ago, Kha was in a motorcycle accident that caused a fracture in his left tibia. Kha sought hospital treatment but discovered further interventions were too expensive. The fracture causes Kha to experience pain and have trouble walking.

Kha heard about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), from his sister. He traveled five hours with his wife to seek treatment there. Surgeons at CSC proposed to realign the fractured bone via surgery. On February 22, Kha will undergo the $411 operation that will allow him to walk easily again.

Kha is a 63-year-old farmer who is married with four sons and two daughters. During his free time, he enjoys planting vegetables and keeping...

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Kha's Timeline

  • February 21, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kha was submitted by Korng Hout, Accountant at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • February 22, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kha 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.

  • February 27, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 14, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kha's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $411 for Kha'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 who experience painful fractures or recurrent dislocations need ORIF (open reduction internal fixation) surgeries to heal the injuries. Most often, these fractures and dislocations result from traffic accidents. ORIF procedures require the insertion of metal plates, screws, or rods to stabilize the bones while they heal. Bowleg procedures also require the insertion of hardware, such as staples, in order to realign the legs. Bowleg can be caused both by genetics and by vitamin and mineral deficiencies. However, surgeons may decide to remove the hardware. The most common reason for hardware removal is pain or loss of mobility and range of motion around the ORIF site. Other reasons include infection, nerve damage, incomplete healing of the bone, or an allergy to the implant.

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

Living with hardware fixation causes pain, limits function, and can interfere with daily activities.

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

There is a high rate of traffic accidents in Cambodia because of a lack of helmet usage and weak enforcement of traffic laws. These accidents cause many of the fractures and bone dislocations that our medical partner sees.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

During an ORIF procedure, the deformed or broken bone is correctly aligned into its normal position. Steel rods, screws, or plates are used to keep the bone fracture stable and allow it to heal. Sometimes, bone grafting is needed to promote healing. During hardware removal, surgeons use the previous incisions to find and remove the hardware. In some cases, additional incisions are made to safely perform the operation.

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

Patients will experience restored function and mobility. They will also have reduced pain. Patients can be independent again and return to work, school, and family life.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This surgery is low-risk and extremely effective.

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 treatment at local clinics or hospitals. Many patients are referred to CSC by word of mouth.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There is no alternative to this treatment.

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