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Success! Panha from Cambodia raised $405 for orthopedic surgery to repair his hand.

Panha
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  • $405 raised, $0 to go
$405
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$0
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Fully funded
Panha's treatment was fully funded on March 11, 2016.

Photo of Panha post-operation

April 5, 2016

Panha received orthopedic surgery to repair his hand.

Panha’s surgery to repair a hand injury from a serious motorcycle accident was successful! “He will have two weeks of physical therapy and a followup appointment in three months,” his doctors tell us. “He can move his hand now and hold items without any pain. If he has any problems, he can return to the hospital at any time.”

“I am really happy to see my husband holding things by himself now, and his arm is not painful anymore,” Panha’s wife shares. “Thank you so much for helping my husband.”

Panha's surgery to repair a hand injury from a serious motorcycle accident was successful! "He will have two weeks of physical therapy and a...

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February 10, 2016

Panha is a 25-year-old man with a love for music. He also “enjoys helping his wife at home and watching movies on TV,” shares our medical partner in Cambodia, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC).

In recent months, Panha has been dealing with lingering pain from a serious accident. While driving his motorcycle this past December, “Panha had a head-on collision with another moto,” CSC explains. “The accident caused an open left tibia fracture, a closed left femur fracture, and a finger and wrist fracture in his left hand.”

Although his leg was put in a cast immediately after the crash, Panha’s wrist and finger injuries were not diagnosed at the time. As time went on, he noticed that he was having trouble using his left hand, and was experiencing pain in his wrist. He traveled two hours with his wife to another hospital, where he learned of his undiagnosed fractures.

In order to regain basic function in his left hand, Panha needs to undergo a procedure known as open reduction and internal fixation surgery on his left hand and wrist. In this two-part operation, doctors will first move the fractured bone back to its proper place, then will insert a device to keep the bone in place.

Panha cannot afford this surgery on his salary as an enlistee in the military. But we can help him out. $405 will cover the operation he needs, as well as physical therapy after his surgery. CSC will also check to make sure Panha’s leg is healing properly.

Panha looks forward to regaining use of his hand. “I hope after surgery I can hold things with my hand and my arm won’t feel so painful,” he tells us.

Panha is a 25-year-old man with a love for music. He also “enjoys helping his wife at home and watching movies on TV,” shares our medical pa...

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Panha's Timeline

  • February 10, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Panha was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • February 11, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Panha 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.

  • March 8, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Panha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 11, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Panha's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 5, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Panha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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