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Simuon from Cambodia raised $930 to fund spinal surgery.

Simuon
100%
  • $930 raised, $0 to go
$930
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Simuon's treatment was fully funded on January 16, 2019.
December 26, 2018

Simuon sadly and unexpectedly passed away after surgery.

We are deeply saddened to report that after surgery, Simuon developed chest pain and was transferred to an emergency hospital, where he passed away.

We are committed to reporting all outcomes transparently—even those we wish were different. Thank you so much for your support of Simuon and his family.

We are deeply saddened to report that after surgery, Simuon developed chest pain and was transferred to an emergency hospital, where he pass...

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December 3, 2018

Simuon is a man from Cambodia. He has two sons. He has been married for 28 years. He likes to fish and do sports in his free time.

Three months ago, Simuon developed back pain and is not able to walk and work. He has a tumor in his thoracic spine. He needs to go undergo a procedure to remove the tumor so he can walk again.

Surgery is scheduled for December 4 and will cost $930.

He says, “After surgery I hope I can walk well and not have anymore back pain. I look forward to returning to work.”

Simuon is a man from Cambodia. He has two sons. He has been married for 28 years. He likes to fish and do sports in his free time. Three...

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Simuon's Timeline

  • December 3, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Simuon was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • December 04, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Simuon 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.

  • December 05, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Simuon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 26, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Simuon. Read the update.

  • January 16, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Simuon's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Spinal Surgery (without implants)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $930 for Simuon's treatment
Hospital Fees
$160
Medical Staff
$722
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 experiencing severe back pain may also experience fever and chills, unexplained weight loss, sudden bowel and/or bladder incontinence, and severe, continuous abdominal pain. Often, pain, numbness, or weakness is also felt in the arms and legs.

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

Patients with severe back pain experience difficulty walking, sleeping, sitting, riding a motorcycle, working, going to school, and carrying out everyday tasks. If the pain affects a patient's ability to work or go to school, the patient will be unable to earn money to support his or her family or continue his or her education. Patients may experience discomfort and difficulty breathing.

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

Cambodian culture emphasizes the importance of working hard and earning money to support the family. When a patient is unable to work, he or she may feel helpless or may experience financial difficulty.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Spinal surgeries are generally classified as decompression or fusion. Decompression surgeries are performed to relieve pressure on a spinal nerve, and involve removal of a disc or of bone that presses on the spinal nerve in order to relieve this pressure. Common decompression surgeries are discectomy and laminectomy. Fusion surgeries are performed to stabilize the spine and relieve pain. There are various methods of fusion surgeries; in those performed without hardware, two or more vertebrae are fused together by inserting a bone graft, which helps bone grow and eliminates motion between the fused vertebrae.

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

The patient will be able to work or go to school without pain.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

As with any operation, there are potential risks associated with spinal surgery. These include: Infection: Antibiotics are regularly given to the patient before, during, and after surgery to lessen the risk of infection. Bleeding: A certain amount of bleeding is expected, but this is not typically significant. Pain at bone graft site: A small percentage of patients will experience persistent pain at the bone graft site. Recurring symptoms: Some patients may experience a recurrence of their original symptoms. Nerve damage: It is possible that the nerves or blood vessels may be injured during these operations. These complications are very rare. Blood clots: Another uncommon complication is the formation of blood clots in the legs.

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

Spinal surgery is not widely offered in Cambodia, especially for low-income patients who cannot afford treatment. Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) provides this procedure free of charge. Patients travel to CSC by bus, taxi, or motorbike from all over Cambodia.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients that do not seek a surgical procedure may try exercises and medication. However, these forms of treatment may not be effective.

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