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Success! Chetra from Cambodia raised $465 to heal his broken arm.

Chetra
100%
  • $465 raised, $0 to go
$465
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Chetra's treatment was fully funded on December 18, 2020.

Photo of Chetra post-operation

December 20, 2020

Chetra to heal his broken arm.

Chetra’s procedure was successful. His wound has healed with no complications. He will go through a program of physiotherapy to ensure that he fully heals and has a full range of movement in his arm. Once he has fully recovered he will have increased independence in his daily life as he grows up and will be able to enjoy activities like sports, which he is excited about!

Chetra’s mother said, “I am very happy with the surgery, and I am excited to see my son heal so that he can write well in school and have fun.”

Chetra's procedure was successful. His wound has healed with no complications. He will go through a program of physiotherapy to ensure that ...

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September 25, 2020

Chetra is a 8-year-old student from Cambodia. He lives with his mother, who is a farmer. His parents divorced a few years ago. He is in the second grade at school and shared that he enjoys reading and art. And, since he is an only child he said he also loves playing with his friends at school. When he is not at school, he and his friends like to play soccer.

In May 2020, Chetra fell from a tree, causing a fracture to his left humerus. His mother immediately took him to a traditional Khmer healer before seeking further help. Over time, the pain in his elbow grew worse. Now it is difficult for him to use his hand, and he cannot bend his arm.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On September 25th, Chetra will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will allow the bone to heal, so that he can use his hand and arm again.

Chetra said, “I hope I can stop feeling pain in my arm and use it well again.”

Chetra is a 8-year-old student from Cambodia. He lives with his mother, who is a farmer. His parents divorced a few years ago. He is in the ...

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Chetra's Timeline

  • September 25, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 25, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chetra 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 27, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chetra's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 18, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chetra's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 20, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chetra's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

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