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Sopheaseng is a farmer from Cambodia who needs $430 to fix a fracture in his elbow.

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September 11, 2019

Sopheaseng is a 60-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. In his free time, he likes to help his wife with the housework, feed the animals nearby the house, and listen to the monks pray on the radio.

In March 2019, Soheaseng severly fractured his right arm when a tree fell on him. He is unable to move his elbow and arm normally, and often has pain in his upper arm.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On September 12th, Sopheaseng will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. Surgery will help realign the bones in Sopheaseng's arm so they can heal properly and allow him to move him arm and elbow joints without difficulty.

“I hope that surgery will enable me to go back to work and that my arm will heal.”

Sopheaseng is a 60-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. In his free time, he likes to help his wife with the housework, feed the animals near...

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Sopheaseng's Timeline

  • September 11, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 12, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sopheaseng 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.

  • September 15, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sopheaseng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 14, 2019
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Sopheaseng's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Sopheaseng is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $430 for Sopheaseng's treatment
Hospital Fees
$65
Medical Staff
$277
Medication
$0
Supplies
$80
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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