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Success! Sivantha from Cambodia raised $230 to fund a fracture hardware removal surgery.

Sivantha
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  • $230 raised, $0 to go
$230
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Sivantha's treatment was fully funded on February 24, 2021.

Photo of Sivantha post-operation

February 26, 2021

Sivantha underwent a fracture hardware removal surgery.

Sivantha got the the pins from his right hand and right foot safely removed. The surgeons also removed a nerve tumor that was causing Sivantha a great deal of pain and burning sensation. His surgery went well and his chronic pain has disappeared. He’s started physiotherapy to strengthen his legs and hand and there are no signs of infection. He is able to go on walks with his family, return to work, and use his hands normally again.

Sivantha shared, “I am hopeful that I will be able to walk strongly with no pain and to return to work so that I can support my family again.”

Sivantha got the the pins from his right hand and right foot safely removed. The surgeons also removed a nerve tumor that was causing Sivant...

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November 27, 2020

Sivantha is a 36-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He and his wife have been married for five years and have two daughters, one who is four years old and the other who is less than a year old. Sivantha’s wife is a factory worker. He likes to cook dinner for his family, play games and watch TV with them, and play sports with his friends.

In August 2020, Sivantha was in a motor vehicle accident that caused fractures in both his right foot and his right hand. He immediately went to a government-run hospital, where surgeons installed pins to repair the fracture. However, the hardware has become exposed and infected. As a result, Sivantha experiences pain in both his hand and foot, making it hard for him to walk or hold things. There is also a risk of the infection spreading further.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On November 27th, Sivantha will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will remove the exposed hardware and relieve Sivantha of the nerve pain he is feeling. It will also allow his hand and foot to properly heal, so that he can walk easily and hold things.

Sivantha shared, “This problem has been really painful for a long time now, so I am hopeful that the doctors here will be able to ease my pain and help me heal well.”

Sivantha is a 36-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He and his wife have been married for five years and have two daughters, one wh...

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Sivantha's Timeline

  • November 27, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 27, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sivantha 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.

  • November 28, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sivantha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 24, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sivantha's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 26, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sivantha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $230 for Sivantha'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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