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Success! Kakada from Cambodia raised $230 to a fracture repair surgery.

Kakada
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  • $230 raised, $0 to go
$230
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Kakada's treatment was fully funded on August 7, 2020.

Photo of Kakada post-operation

July 9, 2020

Kakada underwent a fracture repair surgery.

Kakada’s surgeons successfully removed the infected hardware and fixed his fracture. He will soon start a physiotherapy program to regain range of motion. After recovery, Kakada will be able to walk and run without pain, but he will have to wear orthotic shoes because his legs are different lengths.

Kakada’s mother shared, “I am very happy about his surgery, and I know he is very happy too. His leg feels good now, and he is excited to run and play sports with his friends again.”

Kakada's surgeons successfully removed the infected hardware and fixed his fracture. He will soon start a physiotherapy program to regain ra...

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June 2, 2020

Kakada is eight-year-old student from Cambodia. He is the youngest of two children in his family. His parents are farmers. He is finishing grade one at school and loves playing sports.

In November 2018, Kakada suffered a fracture of the femur in his right leg after a fall. He was operated on at another hospital, where they installed hardware to repair the bone. However, the wound did not heal properly and Kakada developed an abcess and infection on his right thigh. This infection is painful and prevents Kakada from being able to walk.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On June 2nd, Kakada will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. After treatment, his wound will heal normally and he will finally be able to regain strength in his leg, eventually walking and running normally again.

Kakada’s mother said, “I hope that he will not miss school because of this injury. I am worried because we have tried many times to fix his leg but he still has this problem. I want him to run again like before.”

Kakada is eight-year-old student from Cambodia. He is the youngest of two children in his family. His parents are farmers. He is finishing g...

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Kakada's Timeline

  • June 2, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kakada was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • June 02, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kakada received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • June 03, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kakada's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 09, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kakada's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 07, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kakada's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $230 for Kakada's treatment
Hospital Fees
$35
Medical Staff
$147
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?

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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