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Success! Leap from Cambodia raised $411 to fund treatment for an infection.

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

Photo of Leap post-operation

April 14, 2017

Leap received treatment for an infection.

Leap’s treatment went well. Following the procedure, he was given antibiotics and pain medication. He had two weeks of physiotherapy at CSC before being discharged. Leap is now able to use his fingers more easily than before, and he does not experience any pain.

Leap’s mother says, “I am happy that my son had the operation.”

Leap's treatment went well. Following the procedure, he was given antibiotics and pain medication. He had two weeks of physiotherapy at CSC ...

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February 28, 2017

Meet Leap, a 20-year-old Cambodian man. He has a lot of siblings (four sisters and two brothers) and loves listening to pop songs, playing soccer, and watching boxing movies on TV.

Leap is a construction worker. In February of this year, Leap was cutting a tree with a saw and accidentally cut his right hand. Leap went to a clinic in Phnom Penh, where doctors sutured his wound.

Unfortunately, Leap has now developed infections in the index and middle fingers of his right hand. The fingers are swollen, and some of the bone is exposed, causing him pain and making it difficult for him to use the hand.

To correct these issues, Leap needs to undergo an osteotomy and fusion to shorten his index finger. He also needs to receive an open reduction internal fixation procedure on his middle finger, meaning that doctors will surgically straighten the finger and fix it in place with a screw, rod, or other stabilizing object.

For $411, we can fund these crucial surgeries, as well as the lab tests, physical therapy, and fourteen-day hospital stay Leap will need.

Let’s help this young man return to work!

Meet Leap, a 20-year-old Cambodian man. He has a lot of siblings (four sisters and two brothers) and loves listening to pop songs, playing s...

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Leap's Timeline

  • February 28, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Leap was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • March 01, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Leap 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.

  • March 22, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Leap's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 14, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Leap's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Leap's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $411 for Leap'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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