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May 13, 2020

Rommel is a 55-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. Rommel has one son and one daughter, they are all finished with their schooling and now work in the Philippines. When Rommel is not working he enjoys exercising, playing tennis, listening to music, swimming, and drinking beer with friends.

In early May 2020, Rommel slipped and fell on his left wrist while he was playing tennis. The injury caused a closed fracture of his left wrist. It is difficult for him to use his wrist and he has bruising, swelling, and pain.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On May 13th, Rommel will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will help him use his hand easily again, and relieve him of pain.

“I hope that after surgery I can use my wrist and move my hand in any direction easily without pain. Then I can continue playing my favorite sports and working,” Rommel said.

Rommel is a 55-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. Rommel has one son and one daughter, they are all finished with their schooling a...

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Rommel's Timeline

  • May 13, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Rommel was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • May 13, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rommel 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.

  • May 14, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rommel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 02, 2020
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Rommel is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $465 for Rommel's treatment
Hospital Fees
$65
Medical Staff
$311
Medication
$0
Supplies
$81
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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