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Success! Koem Thy from Cambodia raised $465 to fund fracture repair surgery.

Koem Thy
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  • $465 raised, $0 to go
$465
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Koem Thy's treatment was fully funded on February 21, 2021.

Photo of Koem Thy post-operation

February 22, 2021

Koem Thy underwent fracture repair surgery.

Koem Thy traveled to our Medical Partner CSC were surgeons repaired his fractured right arm. A heavy pile of soil had fallen on his arm, which caused extreme pain and a closed fracture. He had a 6-hole plate and 6 screws placed to stabilize the fracture. He is looking forward to using his arm again as soon as his bone stabilizes, and he can go back to farming and caring for his children.

“I hope I can use my hand soon. I need to return to working for my family.”

Koem Thy traveled to our Medical Partner CSC were surgeons repaired his fractured right arm. A heavy pile of soil had fallen on his arm, whi...

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November 19, 2020

Koem Thy is a 51-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He has been married for 20 years and has two school-aged daughters. Koem Thy’s wife is also a farmer. In his free time Koem Thy enjoys watching boxing programs on TV, listening to the radio, and taking care of his children.

In March 2020, Koem Thy was in an accident that caused a fracture of his right forearm. First he sought treatment at a Khmer traditional healer, but it was ineffective. A neighbor told him to come to Watsi’s medical partner CSC and it is still very difficult for him to use his right arm and he is in chronic pain.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On November 18th, Koem Thy will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will allow him to regain use of his right hand and arm.

Koem Thy shared, “I hope I can get better so I can return to my work soon to support my family.”

Koem Thy is a 51-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He has been married for 20 years and has two school-aged daughters. Koem Thy's wife is also ...

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Koem Thy's Timeline

  • November 18, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Koem Thy 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.

  • November 19, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Koem Thy was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • November 20, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Koem Thy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 21, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Koem Thy's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 22, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Koem Thy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $465 for Koem Thy'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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