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Savorn is a 34-year-old mother and factory worker from Cambodia who needs $485 to fund surgery to fix a dislocated joint so she can use her hand.

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November 1, 2022

Savorn is a married factory worker. She has a 15-year-old daughter who studies in grade 10 at a public school. Her husband is a welder. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, watching TV, cooking, and taking care of her daughter.

In September, she was involved in a motorbike collision and injured her left hand. She went to a Khmer traditional healer but the pain and swelling did not improve. She is unable to move her thumb, hold objects or work in the factory. It is difficult for her to sleep at night due to the pain and throbbing.

Fortunately, a neighbor previously had surgery at Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), and suggested Savorn should go to have her thumb fixed. Doctors at CSC have diagnosed her with a dislocation of her joint, and now she needs help to pay $485 for an open reduction-internal fixation of her thumb joint. After surgery, her pain and swelling should disappear and she will be able to return to work.

Savorn says, “After surgery, I hope my left hand will have no pain, I will be able to bend it, and can return to work.”

Savorn is a married factory worker. She has a 15-year-old daughter who studies in grade 10 at a public school. Her husband is a welder. In h...

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Savorn's Timeline

  • November 1, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 1, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Savorn was scheduled to receive 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 4, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Savorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Savorn is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Reduction Procedure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $485 for Savorn's treatment
Hospital Fees
$70
Medical Staff
$364
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A reduction procedure is needed to correct alignment of bones. After a bone fracture, parts of the bone can become displaced or angulated.

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

Living with fractured or misaligned bones can be painful and limits functionality, which can interfere with day-to-day tasks.

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

In Cambodia, road rules are largely unregulated and traffic accidents occur frequently, often causing fractures and bone dislocations.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Reduction procedures are classified as open reduction and closed reduction. In an open reduction, surgery is performed to expose the fracture fragments at the site of the injury and realign the bones. In a closed reduction, bones are reset without surgical exposure.

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

Reduction procedures can greatly improve quality of life by reducing the pain from the fractured bone and allowing mobility and use of it.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Closed reductions have fewer risks than open reductions, as they do not carry the potential complications of any surgical exposure. Risks of closed reduction procedures include injury to nerves or blood vessels near the affected bone and blood clot formation. In addition to these, risks of open reduction also include infection and stiffness.

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

Reduction procedures, especially those that require surgeries, are not easily accessed or afforded by many Cambodians. Patients will travel for many hours to reach CSC for free surgical treatment.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

For patients in need of reduction procedures to reset a misaligned bone, few alternatives exist. Traditional healers are often used, but with unsuccessful results.

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