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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
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Pheaktra is currently raising funds for his treatment.

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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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Rachel is a tailor from Kenya. She is a middle-aged woman from the east of the country. Eight years ago, she noted a lump on her right breast and consulted several hospitals. She had FNA tests run and cancer was ruled out. In 2014, she had a lumpectomy but unfortunately, the lump recurred in 2018. She was biopsied in a different hospital and still did not get a cancer diagnosis. Late in 2019, she opted to come to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Kijabe Hospital where she had several tests done, including an ultrasound and CT scan. Doctors diagnosed early-stage cancer. Rachel returned to the hospital in April and surgery is advised. If not operated on, she is at risk of cancer metastasis, which might result in an early death. Rachel is a mother of two children, ages 10 and 8 years old. She lives in a two-roomed rental house paying $34 per month. She sustains her family through her small tailoring venture in their house. Living with a disability, where she had a right femur osteomyelitis in 1982, she is not able to move with ease, and this limits her ability to earn a better living and lifestyle. She separated with her husband, making it hard for her to meet the daily cost of living. She left her two children with a neighbor to come for surgery and appeals for financial help. Without treatment, her cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $898 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Rachel. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 6th. After treatment, Rachel will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Rachel says, “Thank you for agreeing to support my surgery. I am grateful and look forward to quick recovery.”

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