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Success! Phalla from Cambodia raised $465 to fund a fracture repair so he can use his arm again.

Phalla
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  • $465 raised, $0 to go
$465
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Phalla's treatment was fully funded on September 4, 2021.

Photo of Phalla post-operation

July 14, 2021

Phalla underwent a fracture repair so he can use his arm again.

After his successful fracture repair surgery, Phalla will no longer experience pain when moving and using his arm. He’s spent time with the physiotherapy team to strengthen his arm and after his recovery, Phalla will be able to spend more quality time with his family and support them when he can return to his construction job.

Phalla appreciates the support received: “I am so grateful to have this surgery so that I can return to work to feed my family and send my children to school. Thank you to the people I’ve never met and doctors who helped me have this surgery.”

After his successful fracture repair surgery, Phalla will no longer experience pain when moving and using his arm. He's spent time with the ...

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June 2, 2021

Phalla is a 29-year-old construction worker, who is married and has two daughters. His nine-year-old daughter is in 3rd grade and his six-year-old daughter just started school. Phalla’s wife works as a farmer.

On April 29th, 2021, Phalla was in a motorcycle accident that injured and dislocated his right elbow. He is in pain and unable to move or use his right arm.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help him. On June 2nd, Phalla will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will restore mobility to his arm so that he can use it normally again.

Phalla shared, “I’m hoping I can use my arm better so I can return to work as soon as possible.”

Phalla is a 29-year-old construction worker, who is married and has two daughters. His nine-year-old daughter is in 3rd grade and his six-ye...

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Phalla's Timeline

  • June 2, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Phalla was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • June 2, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phalla 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.

  • June 3, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phalla's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 14, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phalla's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 4, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phalla's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $465 for Phalla's treatment
Hospital Fees
$65
Medical Staff
$311
Medication
$0
Supplies
$81
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 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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Gideon is four years old and the last-born in his family of six children. He is a playful, charming, friendly, and happy boy. Gideon comes from the southern highlands of Tanzania close to Katavi National Park. Gideon has not yet started school, but his father says when he gets to be six years old, he will enroll him. Most children in this region join school starting at the age of six due to the long distance they must walk to school. Parents must wait for their children to grow strong enough to walk to and from school before enrolling them. Gideon’s parents are small-scale farmers of maize, beans, and vegetables and only sell a few of their harvests to get money to buy other basics for their family. Gideon has been diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, where his legs bow inward so that they touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he experiences pain and discomfort. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Gideon. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 4th. Treatment will hopefully restore Gideon's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, including school in the future, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Gideon’s father says “My son walks with a gait and falls down a lot. He also complains of pain after a long day of play.”

71% funded

71%funded
$625raised
$255to go

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