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Success! Chhe from Cambodia raised $411 to fund fracture repair.

  • $411 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Chhe's treatment was fully funded on March 23, 2017.

Photo of Chhe post-operation

March 1, 2017

Chhe underwent successful fracture repair.

Chhe’s treatment went well. Surgeons at CSC removed hardware from her left elbow. Following the procedure, she was given pain medication and was instructed to keep her left arm elevated. She had one week of physiotherapy at CSC, and her sutures were removed ten days after her procedure. Her wound has healed nicely, and she does not experience pain. Chhe is now able to bend her elbow better than before.

Chhe’s daughter says, “I am happy to see my mother feeling better. Thanks to all of the staff at CSC for the help.”

Chhe's treatment went well. Surgeons at CSC removed hardware from her left elbow. Following the procedure, she was given pain medication and...

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January 10, 2017

Chee is a 59-year-old housewife. In her free time, she likes to listen to old Khmer songs, watch Khmer movies on TV, and cook for her family.

In December of 2015, Chee fell and fractured her left elbow. At a private clinic, she underwent an open reduction internal fixation surgery to heal her fracture. In July of 2016, she visited our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, where surgeons removed the pins and screws from her previous surgery.

Still, Chee finds it difficult and painful to hold and carry objects. She traveled for three hours with her daughter to return to CSC. On January 10, surgeons will remove more hardware from her left elbow to relieve the pain. CSC is requesting $411 to fund this procedure.

Chee is a 59-year-old housewife. In her free time, she likes to listen to old Khmer songs, watch Khmer movies on TV, and cook for her family...

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Chhe's Timeline

  • January 10, 2017

    Chhe was submitted by Evalynn Romano, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • January 10, 2017

    Chhe received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre.

  • January 17, 2017

    Chhe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 01, 2017

    Chhe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 23, 2017

    Chhe's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $411 for Chhe's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients who experience painful fractures or recurrent dislocations need ORIF (open reduction internal fixation) surgeries to heal the injuries. Most often, these fractures and dislocations result from traffic accidents. ORIF procedures require the insertion of metal plates, screws, or rods to stabilize the bones while they heal. Bowleg procedures also require the insertion of hardware, such as staples, in order to realign the legs. Bowleg can be caused both by genetics and by vitamin and mineral deficiencies. However, surgeons may decide to remove the hardware. The most common reason for hardware removal is pain or loss of mobility and range of motion around the ORIF site. Other reasons include infection, nerve damage, incomplete healing of the bone, or an allergy to the implant.

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

Living with hardware fixation causes pain, limits function, and can interfere with daily activities.

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

There is a high rate of traffic accidents in Cambodia because of a lack of helmet usage and weak enforcement of traffic laws. These accidents cause many of the fractures and bone dislocations that our medical partner sees.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

During an ORIF procedure, the deformed or broken bone is correctly aligned into its normal position. Steel rods, screws, or plates are used to keep the bone fracture stable and allow it to heal. Sometimes, bone grafting is needed to promote healing. During hardware removal, surgeons use the previous incisions to find and remove the hardware. In some cases, additional incisions are made to safely perform the operation.

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

Patients will experience restored function and mobility. They will also have reduced pain. Patients can be independent again and return to work, school, and family life.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This surgery is low-risk and extremely effective.

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 treatment at local clinics or hospitals. Many patients are referred to CSC by word of mouth.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There is no alternative to this treatment.

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