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Success! Pheaktra from Cambodia raised $230 to fund hardware removal from his fractured leg.

Pheaktra
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  • $230 raised, $0 to go
$230
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$0
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Fully funded
Pheaktra's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2020.

Photo of Pheaktra post-operation

July 21, 2020

Pheaktra underwent hardware removal from his fractured leg.

Pheaktra’s procedure was successful, and the problematic hardware has been removed. His wound is healing normally, and he will have followups every three months to make sure his femur bone heals normally as well. He can walk and work easily without pain, and he will no longer have to worry about any future complications.

Pheaktra shared, “My leg feels strong and I am confident that I can do everything well. Thank you to the doctors at Children’s Surgical Centre for helping me heal and get better.”

Pheaktra's procedure was successful, and the problematic hardware has been removed. His wound is healing normally, and he will have followup...

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July 8, 2020

Pheaktra is a 32-year-old soft drink seller from Cambodia. He lives with his parents and five siblings. His parents are farmers. Pheaktra helps them with the farm work and spends the rest of his time working or exercising.

In April 2018, he was in a motor accident in which he suffered a traumatic injury to his left shoulder and a fractured left femur. He was sent to a hospital in Vietnam, where his fractured femur was repaired with a nail. His shoulder appeared to be healing normally and was left untreated, but upon his return to Cambodia it was discovered that he had severe nerve damage to arm, necessitating an amputation. His femur healed well, but to avoid further complications or risk of nerve damage in his leg, the fixation nail must now be removed.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On July 8th, Pheaktra will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. Once the nail is removed, Pheaktra will be not have to worry about his leg anymore.

Pheaktra said, “My life was changed by the accident, but I hope that this surgery is easy and quick so that I can heal well and go back to work.”

Pheaktra is a 32-year-old soft drink seller from Cambodia. He lives with his parents and five siblings. His parents are farmers. Pheaktra he...

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Pheaktra's Timeline

  • July 8, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 08, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Pheaktra 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.

  • July 09, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Pheaktra's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 21, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Pheaktra's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 01, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Pheaktra's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

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