Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

Success! Phoem from Cambodia raised $390 to fund fracture repair surgery.

Phoem
100%
  • $390 raised, $0 to go
$390
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Phoem's treatment was fully funded on November 5, 2018.

Photo of Phoem post-operation

August 21, 2018

Phoem underwent fracture repair surgery.

Phoem’s surgery went well and he’s been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his arm. Surgery will allow Phoem to greatly improve his quality of life and allow him to work without pain.

His wife says, “He is happy that he can use his arm again easily.”

Phoem's surgery went well and he's been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his arm. Surgery will al...

Read more
August 13, 2018

Phoem is a man from Cambodia. He has two young sons. He likes to spend time on his farm.

Two years ago, Phoem fell down and fractured his forearm. He has difficulty moving his elbow and experiences chronic arm pain, which makes it difficult for him to work and support his family. He needs to undergo an open reduction procedure to heal his fracture and improve his mobility in his arm.

Fortunately, surgery is scheduled on August 14 at our medical partner’s care center. Now, Phoem needs help raising $390 to fund this procedure.

Phoem is a man from Cambodia. He has two young sons. He likes to spend time on his farm. Two years ago, Phoem fell down and fractured his...

Read more

Phoem's Timeline

  • August 13, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Phoem was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • August 14, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phoem 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.

  • August 15, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phoem's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 21, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phoem's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 5, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phoem's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Reduction Procedure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $390 for Phoem's treatment
Hospital Fees
$65
Medical Staff
$277
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?

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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Aziza

Aziza is 14-year-old girl and the second born child in a family of three children. She has just completed her class seven exams and looks forward to joining secondary school once the national examination results are out. She would love to be a teacher when she grows up. Aziza was involved in a fire accident when she was just three years old and she had not been able to use her left hand to hold things or be able to participate in many home chores. Aziza had surgery in February 2020 to release the burn contracture on her hand, which went a long way to enable her to use her hand more. Now, Aziza also needs an amputation of the small finger of her left hand. Her small finger has significant flexion contracture with severe damage to the joint capsules. Aziza is being raised by one of her aunts while her other siblings are being raised by other relatives after their mother passed away three years ago. Their father is not reliable in taking care of the children, and that’s when relatives decided to come in to help since they would miss meals and they didn’t have anyone to wash their clothes or provide them with other needs. Aziza’s aunt has three children of her own and including Aziza she has a total of four children. Aziza’s aunt is a stay at home wife while the husband sells bicycle spare parts and repairs them for a living. The income is not much but just enough to help support the family. Aziza says, “I am scared to lose a part of my hand but I agree with the surgeons that it is necessary and I hope it will help me be able to use my hand more. Please help me get this treatment.”

72% funded

72%funded
$785raised
$303to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.