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Vanna is a factory worker from Cambodia who needs $214 to fund hardware removal surgery.

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July 10, 2017

Vanna is a 33-year-old mother from Cambodia who works as a factory worker. When she is not at work, Vanna enjoys spending time with her daughter and watching television.

In January of 2016, Vanna fell and fractured her left femur. She went to a military hospital where doctors performed an open reduction and internal fixation procedure by inserting hardware into her leg in order to facilitate healing. Vanna’s fracture healed, however she now experiences pus discharge and has developed chronic osteomyelitis, a severe infection of the bone. Doctors have recommended that she undergo hardware removal surgery in order to relieve her of her pain and prevent the infection from spreading.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $214 to cover the cost Vanna’s surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 10 and, once completed, will hopefully help Vanna feel comfortable again and return to the activities that she enjoys.

Vanna is a 33-year-old mother from Cambodia who works as a factory worker. When she is not at work, Vanna enjoys spending time with her daug...

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Vanna's Timeline

  • July 10, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 10, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vanna received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre.

  • July 31, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vanna's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 01, 2017
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Vanna's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Vanna is currently raising funds for her treatment.

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Treatment
ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $214 for Vanna's treatment
Hospital Fees
$34
Medical Staff
$132
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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