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March 6, 2020

Toeung is a 68-year-old district council worker from Cambodia. He has four sons, three daughters, and ten grandchildren. In his free time, some of his favorite activities include listening to the news on the radio and looking after his grandchildren.

One year ago, Toeung was in a motorcycle accident and fractured his left leg. Toeung received treatment in Vietnam, where surgeons assisted in fitting him with internal hardware to help his injuries heal. Now, the fracture has healed and he no longer experiences pain, but Toeung needs the hardware to be removed.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On March 6th, Toeung will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. Surgery will remove the internal hardware from Toeung’s leg.

“I hope that after the hardware is removed I can walk normally,” he shared.

Toeung is a 68-year-old district council worker from Cambodia. He has four sons, three daughters, and ten grandchildren. In his free time, s...

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Toeung's Timeline

  • March 6, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 06, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Toeung 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 09, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Toeung's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 27, 2020
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Toeung is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $230 for Toeung'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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