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Success! Oudam from Cambodia raised $541 to fund surgery on his achilles tendon.

Oudam
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  • $541 raised, $0 to go
$541
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$0
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Fully funded
Oudam's treatment was fully funded on December 16, 2020.

Photo of Oudam post-operation

July 20, 2020

Oudam underwent surgery on his achilles tendon.

Oudam’s surgery was successful. He will need to keep both feet casted for one month while his tendons heal. Once he has fully recovered, his ankles will function normally and he will be able to walk more easily. This will allow him to run, play, and take part in sports.

Oudam said, “I am excited to walk and play with my friends normally, when I can run like everyone else.”

Oudam's surgery was successful. He will need to keep both feet casted for one month while his tendons heal. Once he has fully recovered, his...

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July 10, 2020

Oudam is a 10-year-old student. He is in the third grade at school, and loves to study writing. He lives with his parents and his younger sister. Since his parents separated a few months ago, his mother has been working hard at a factory to support her children. Oudam helps to take care of his sister. They learn and play together.

Since he was young, Oudam has suffered from muscle spasms in his legs, causing him to put all of his weight on his toes. This has affected his ability to move his legs normally, and he has difficulty walking, running, riding a bike, or wearing shoes. His mother often has to take him to school on her bike.

Luckily, his neighbor told him about Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). He traveled nine hours with his mother to receive treatment. Doctors will perform an achilles tendon lengthening procedure. This will allow him to distribute weight across his whole foot, giving him greater balance and ease of walking. After a physiotherapy program, Oudan will be able to walk normally.

Oudan’s mother shared, “I am happy we have the opportunity for this procedure and I hope that my son will be able to walk and run after he is better.”

Oudam is a 10-year-old student. He is in the third grade at school, and loves to study writing. He lives with his parents and his younger si...

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Oudam's Timeline

  • July 10, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 10, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Oudam 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.

  • July 11, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Oudam's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 20, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Oudam's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 16, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Oudam's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Nerve and Tendon Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $541 for Oudam's treatment
Hospital Fees
$87
Medical Staff
$406
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 number of nerve and tendon procedures are performed at Children's Surgical Centre. These are typically performed because a nerve is no longer fully functional. Reasons for this limited functionality can include lacerations, blunt trauma, burns, and tumors. Sometimes, spinal nerves are compressed due to herniated discs, bone spurs, and tumors.

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

The patient cannot work or drive a motorbike, the most common form of transportation in Cambodia.

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

Traffic accidents, common in Cambodia, are the most typical cause of a brachial plexus injury (BPI), or damage to a network of nerves on the neck and shoulders. The inability to use a limb is debilitating for patients, whose livelihoods involve physical activity. They are often farmers, factory workers, or drivers.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

When a nerve no longer functions, the muscle that it innervates no longer functions. Surgeons either repair that nerve or use a nerve from somewhere else in the body to act as a graft. In some cases, a nerve can be redirected from a less important muscle and grafted into a more critical nerve. During a BPI surgery, surgeons divert a nerve from one destination and sew it into the non-functioning nerve. It can take three to six months before a patient fully recovers from this operation.

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

The patient will regain function in his or her arm. The patient can drive a motorbike and go back to work.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This surgery is highly effective. The nerve is already damaged, so there is no risk of causing more harm. The surgery can only improve function.

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

This surgery is not available to most Cambodians. Patients travel up to twelve hours to visit Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). They learn about CSC from the radio, a neighbor, or a family member.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternative treatments to regain limb functionality.

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