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Success! Kea from Cambodia raised $483 to fund fracture repair surgery so she can regain use of her hand.

Kea
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  • $483 raised, $0 to go
$483
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Kea's treatment was fully funded on September 24, 2022.

Photo of Kea post-operation

October 5, 2022

Kea underwent fracture repair surgery so she can regain use of her hand.

Kea was depressed she could not use her hand to work or perform activities of daily living. She was thrilled to find that Children’s Surgical Centre surgeons were able to help repair her finger. She underwent surgery and was able to return home the same day. She will follow up with the clinic for the removal of stitches, and work with the physiotherapy team to increase the flexion of her injured finger. When it has healed completely, she can use her hand to work and support her family.

Kea said: “I am grateful for the care I received. I will be able to use my hand to hold things and feel healthy again. Thank you to the people who helped me to have this surgery, and to the surgeons who were able to repair my finger.”

Kea was depressed she could not use her hand to work or perform activities of daily living. She was thrilled to find that Children's Surgica...

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April 25, 2022

Kea is a 41-year-old food seller. She is married and her husband works as a potato and vegetable farmer to make a living. The couple has three daughters, who are in first, ninth, and 10th grade in school. In her free time, Kea enjoys exercising, playing with her children, watching television, cooking, and shopping.

Three weeks ago, Kea fractured her right hand as she tried to catch a fan that was falling from her ceiling. She experiences pain and cannot move her finger.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), can help. On April 25th, Kea will undergo a fracture repair procedure at CSC’s care center. The surgery will allow her to use her hand easily again. Now, she needs help raising $483 to fund her procedure and care.

Kea shared, “I hope my hand heals quickly and I am able to return to work soon without pain.”

Kea is a 41-year-old food seller. She is married and her husband works as a potato and vegetable farmer to make a living. The couple has thr...

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Kea's Timeline

  • April 25, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kea was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • April 25, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kea 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.

  • April 29, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 24, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kea's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 5, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kea's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $483 for Kea's treatment
Hospital Fees
$70
Medical Staff
$318
Medication
$0
Supplies
$87
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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