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Success! Vibol from Cambodia raised $230 to fund fracture surgery on his leg.

Vibol
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  • $230 raised, $0 to go
$230
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Vibol's treatment was fully funded on December 21, 2021.

Photo of Vibol post-operation

October 29, 2021

Vibol underwent fracture surgery on his leg.

Vibol had a successful procedure, and the hardware that was the source of his pain has now been removed. His incision is healing well and he will be able to quickly return to work to make money to support his family.

Vibol said: “I am so grateful that I can go back to work, and my leg is completely healed. I want to enjoy volleyball and football again. Thank you for helping me to have this operation.”

Vibol had a successful procedure, and the hardware that was the source of his pain has now been removed. His incision is healing well and he...

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September 16, 2021

Vibol is an 18-year-old gasoline attendant from Cambodia. He has one younger sister. His father works a motor taxi driver and his mother is a housewife. In his free time, he enjoys meeting his friends to play football or volleyball and listening to music.

A year ago, Vibol was in a motor vehicle crash where he fractured his left tibia. He had surgery at a local government hospital where a plate and screws were placed to help the fracture heal. Now that the fracture site has healed, he has full function of his leg, however it is uncomfortable for him to have hardware in his leg and he needs it removed to limit the risk of infection.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On September 16th, Vibol will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. During the procedure, surgeons will remove the hardware that has caused him discomfort.

Vibol shared that he hopes the hardware will be easy to remove and the wound will heal quickly so he can return to work and do the things he enjoys.

Vibol is an 18-year-old gasoline attendant from Cambodia. He has one younger sister. His father works a motor taxi driver and his mother is ...

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Vibol's Timeline

  • September 16, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 16, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vibol 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.

  • September 19, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vibol's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 29, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vibol's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 21, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vibol's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $230 for Vibol's treatment
Hospital Fees
$35
Medical Staff
$147
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
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 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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