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Success! Chantrea from Cambodia raised $405 to treat her broken elbow.

  • $405 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Chantrea's treatment was fully funded on September 6, 2016.

Photo of Chantrea post-operation

October 18, 2016

Chantrea successfully treated her broken elbow.

Chantrea is doing great! After traveling four hours with her mother to reach Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment, her surgery was a great success! She has been home for some time now, and shares that she is feeling great and can now bend her left elbow without any pain.

“I’m happy with the result of my surgery,” says Chantrea, “Thank you for helping me.”

Chantrea is doing great! After traveling four hours with her mother to reach Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment, her surgery was...

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July 26, 2016

Chantrea is a 15-year-old girl and 8th grade student. Chantrea has two brothers and enjoys reading books and watching movies on TV.

A few months ago, Chantrea fell from a tree and badly fractured her left elbow. She has been in pain since and cannot bend her left elbow or use her arm properly. She traveled four hours with her mother to reach Watsi’s medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment.

Surgeons at CSC will perform an operation to reset her bones and heal the fracture, with the help of $405. This procedure will allow Chantrea to use her arm again, free from pain, so she can regain her independence and mobility at school.

Chantrea shared: “When I am healed I will go home and continue my studies.”

Chantrea is a 15-year-old girl and 8th grade student. Chantrea has two brothers and enjoys reading books and watching movies on TV. A few...

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Chantrea's Timeline

  • July 26, 2016

    Chantrea was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • July 26, 2016

    Chantrea 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.

  • September 1, 2016

    Chantrea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 6, 2016

    Chantrea's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 18, 2016

    Chantrea's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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15% funded

$212to go

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