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Chivorn from Cambodia raised $411 to fund fracture repair.

Chivorn
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  • $411 raised, $0 to go
$411
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$0
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Fully funded
Chivorn's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2016.

Photo of Chivorn post-operation

January 31, 2017

Chivorn underwent successful fracture repair.

Instead of performing an osteotomy procedure as planned, surgeons decided to remove nails from her left tibia and left femur to relieve her of pain. Following her procedure, she was given pain medication and had physiotherapy for one week. Her wound has healed nicely, and she does not experience any pain. Chivorn is now able to walk easily.

Chivorn’s mother says, “I am very surprised with the results of the surgery. Now my daughter can do things by herself. Thanks to all of the staff for the help.”

Instead of performing an osteotomy procedure as planned, surgeons decided to remove nails from her left tibia and left femur to relieve her ...

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November 30, 2016

Chivorn is 17 years old. She has two sisters and one brother. She likes to watch Khmer and Thai movies on TV, listen to the news on the radio, and draw pictures.

Chivorn has been diagnosed with osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic disorder characterized by bones that break easily. She has sustained several fractures in her lifetime. She has visited our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), many times for treatment to heal fractures caused by her disorder. Between her operations, she completes physiotherapy and follow-up appointments at CSC.

Recently, Chivorn returned to CSC with pain in her left knee and left tibia. On December 1, surgeons at CSC performed an osteotomy procedure in her left tibia to align her bones. After recovery, she should be able to walk more easily. CSC is requesting $411 to fund this procedure.

Chivorn is 17 years old. She has two sisters and one brother. She likes to watch Khmer and Thai movies on TV, listen to the news on the radi...

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Chivorn's Timeline

  • November 30, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Chivorn was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • December 1, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chivorn received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre in Cambodia. 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 9, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chivorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 31, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chivorn's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 31, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Chivorn. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $411 for Chivorn's treatment
Hospital Fees
$251
Medical Staff
$147
Medication
$5
Supplies
$8
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients in need of open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) surgeries experience painful fractures or recurrent dislocations. Usually, these injuries result from traffic accidents or other trauma injuries.

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

Living with an abnormal or deformed bone limits function and can interfere with daily activities. It is also extremely painful.

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

Due to lack of helmet usage and weak enforcement of traffic laws, there is a high rate of traffic accidents in Cambodia. This causes many of the fractures and bone dislocations our medical partner sees.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The deformed or abnormal bone is broken and correctly aligned, and any fragments are fixed. Following the realignment of the bone, metal plates, pins, rods, wires, or screws are attached to the bone for stabilization as the internal fixation.

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

Patients will experience restored function and mobility and reduced pain. Patients regain independence and return to work, school, and family life.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Complications from this surgery are rare but include infection, nerve damage, blood clots, and tissue irritation from the hardware.

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 hospital treatment. Many patients are referred to CSC by word of mouth.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There is no alternative care for this treatment.

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