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Success! Visal from Cambodia raised $237 to fund repair surgery.

Visal
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  • $237 raised, $0 to go
$237
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Visal's treatment was fully funded on December 14, 2018.

Photo of Visal post-operation

October 26, 2018

Visal underwent repair surgery.

Visal’s surgery went well and he’s been working with the physiotherapy team to improve his mobility. Surgery will allow Visal to greatly improve his quality of life and allow him to walk easily and feel confident.

Visal's surgery went well and he's been working with the physiotherapy team to improve his mobility. Surgery will allow Visal to greatly imp...

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October 18, 2018

Visal is a three-year-old boy from Cambodia. He is an only child. He likes to play with toys at home and to go for walks with his parents.

Visal was born with polydactyly of both hands and his left foot. This means that he has extra pinky fingers and an extra toe. It is difficult for him to use his hands and he doesn’t like that people make fun of him.

Fortunately, on October 19, surgeons will perform a polydactyly repair procedure to remove the extra digit. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $237 to fund this procedure. After surgery, he will feel more comfortable and confident and will be able to use his hands and foot more easily.

Visal is a three-year-old boy from Cambodia. He is an only child. He likes to play with toys at home and to go for walks with his parents. ...

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Visal's Timeline

  • October 18, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 19, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Visal 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.

  • October 19, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Visal's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 26, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Visal's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 14, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Visal's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Polydactyly Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $237 for Visal's treatment
Hospital Fees
$44
Medical Staff
$145
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 with polydactyly have more than five fingers per hand or five toes per foot.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients have difficulty using their hands or walking. In addition, many patients feel uncomfortable about the appearance of the condition.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

This condition may be caused by increased exposure to chemicals. According to local doctors, the proportion of babies born with disabilities and congenital deformities in eastern Cambodia (bordering Vietnam) is more than 50 times higher than in other parts of the country. Though the reason for the higher rate has not officially been confirmed, it is generally thought to result from the use of Agent Orange, a dioxin-containing defoliant, by U.S. forces during the Vietnam War.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The extra digit is removed, and the hand or foot is reconstructed.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Patients will experience improved mobility and function, reduced pain, and increased self-esteem and confidence.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

The treatment usually results in a good outcome. If a patient’s condition is particularly difficult, surgeries are scheduled during visits by hand specialists from Singapore and Hong Kong. In addition, our medical partner belongs to a hand and upper limb-specific telemedicine group. A network of specialists from around the world can offer opinions about difficult cases.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

The healthcare system in Cambodia is underdeveloped. Cambodians rely on government hospitals, which are often ill-equipped and lack capacity and expertise for standard surgical care.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There is no alternative.

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Rin

Rin is a 49-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He and his wife have been married for 20 years, and have two children together. His wife works in a factory, and his children are all in school. He works long hours, and raises chickens for additional income. He enjoys cooking for his family in his free time. Rin had a work accident and has an open fracture on left forearm. He went to a local hospital for an open reduction internal fixation and skin graft, but the surgery did not help him feel better. He has now come to Watsi's Medical Partner CSC because the fracture is still impacting him in a challenging way. He cannot use his fingers and has pain when he tries to work with this hand. One year ago, he was dragged under a vehicle and fractured his left forearm. He went to a local hospital and was operated on, but the fracture did not heal properly. He still experiences chronic pain from his injury, and he cannot move his hand. His family has lost their primary source of income since he cannot work, and he is worried about being able to support them. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On June 3rd, Rin will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. After the surgery, he will be able move his wrist and hand, and return to work. Rin said, "I am proud of my work and I want to work so I can support my family. My hand is in pain all the time, but I really hope that this surgery is enough for me to keep working."

37% funded

37%funded
$175raised
$290to go

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