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Success! Samnang from Cambodia raised $425 to fund elbow surgery.

Samnang
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$425
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Samnang's treatment was fully funded on December 15, 2020.

Photo of Samnang post-operation

December 15, 2020

Samnang underwent elbow surgery.

Samnang’s surgery went well! Soon she will being physiotherapy to help increase her range of motion and her strength. She is feeling happy that she will be able to return to school soon and see her friends without the pain she had.

Samnang shared, “I’d like to thank the doctors for helping me. Now I can move my hand better and I will start school again after I am feeling well.”

Samnang's surgery went well! Soon she will being physiotherapy to help increase her range of motion and her strength. She is feeling happy t...

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September 25, 2020

Samnang is a 14-year-old ninth grade student from Cambodia. She is the only child for her parents who are both farmers. She enjoys reading books, doing her school work, listening to music, and watching TV. Her favorite meal is fried rice and coke and her favorite subject in school in math. She wants to be a pharmacist when she grows up!

In November 2019, Samnang fell down from a stage and injured her right elbow. After that she went to a Khmer traditional healer but is not better and now she has come to Watsi’s Medical Partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). They have started her treatment and found that she has an aneurysmal bone cyst that needs treatment.

Fortunately, surgeons at Children’s Surgical Centre can help. On September 24th, Samnang will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will help the bone in her arm heal and she will be able to use her hand again.

Samnang shared that she is hopeful that her hand will be ok and that she can use it easily again once she has surgery.

Samnang is a 14-year-old ninth grade student from Cambodia. She is the only child for her parents who are both farmers. She enjoys reading b...

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Samnang's Timeline

  • September 24, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Samnang 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.

  • September 25, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 27, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Samnang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 15, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Samnang's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 15, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Samnang's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Osteotomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $425 for Samnang's treatment
Hospital Fees
$65
Medical Staff
$311
Medication
$0
Supplies
$41
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Osteotomy is a surgical procedure used to correct bone abnormalities from trauma or disease. Without treatment, bone fractures or damage to growth plates may heal in angular, rotational, or shortened positions and result in deformity and loss of function. Arthritis is also a common indication for osteotomy, particularly if deformity is involved. Patients with arthritis suffer from pain and stiffness.

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

Misalignment of the bones not only creates discomfort and pain, but it can also make day-to-day tasks difficult or sometimes impossible. Deformity is also highly stigmatizing.

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

Due to lack of funds for speedy healthcare or inaccessibility, bone abnormalities are common due to delayed treatment. Cambodians often turn to Khmer traditional healers for bony deformities or even trauma and this also contributes to the development of deformities.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Pre-operative assessment with radiology is required to plan the procedure for each case. The surgeon will decide the best location to cut a part of the bone so that it results in an even distribution of weight across the bone or joint. This usually involves cutting out a wedge-shaped piece of bone to realign and adjust the angle at which the bone is positioned. Following correction, rigid internal or external fixation is used to hold the bone in place while it heals.

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

Deformity will be corrected, often months or years after its development and patients will immediately notice the benefits. Function will be restored, and pain should subside, which will enable patients to become mobile, undergo daily activities independently, and recommence work to support their families.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Blood clots are the most common complication of osteotomy procedures, but this can be avoided if patients are encouraged to mobilize early. As for any other surgical procedures, there may be complications such as infection and damage to surrounding nerves or vessels.

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

Treatment for bone-related injuries due to trauma or more chronic conditions such as arthritis is available at a local clinics and hospitals at a cost, which many patients may not be able to afford. Patients also often turn to traditional healers which result in unsuccessful treatment. Inadequate or delayed treatment can contribute to bone abnormalities and prolonged suffering. Patients travel as much as twelve hours to reach Children's Surgical Centre for free surgery, arriving by bus, motorbike, or taxi.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Traditional medicine is available, but with unsuccessful results.

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