Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

Success! Sok from Cambodia raised $465 to fund a fracture repair on his leg so he can walk again.

Sok
100%
  • $465 raised, $0 to go
$465
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sok's treatment was fully funded on March 2, 2021.

Photo of Sok post-operation

March 5, 2021

Sok underwent a fracture repair on his leg.

Sok underwent a left knee fusion and also had hardware removed that was helping heal his fracture. After the surgery, Sok was put in a long leg cast, and kept his leg elevated in order to reduce pain and swelling. The physiotherapy team instructed him to avoid putting weight on the affected knee for six weeks and to use crutches. Sok is looking forward to being able to bend his knee and move around normally after he has healed fully.

After the procedure, Sok told us, “I am happy that my knee will become normal, bending, sitting and walking well and I can go to work and support my family.”

Sok underwent a left knee fusion and also had hardware removed that was helping heal his fracture. After the surgery, Sok was put in a long ...

Read more
December 14, 2020

Sok is a 42-year-old scrap metal worker from Cambodia. He has a 13-year-old daughter. When he’s at home, Sok listens to the radio and helps to take care of his father.

In January 2020, Sok was in a motor vehicle accident that caused head trauma and a closed fracture of his left leg. His family took him across the border to Vietnam where plate screws were put in his leg to heal the fracture. Now, it is still difficult for him to walk and he is in chronic pain. He feels left knee pain and needs crutches to walk.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On December 14th, Sok will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. The procedure will allow him to finally be able to walk again without pain.

Sok is hopeful that after surgery he’ll have no pain when walking and can work easily again.

Sok is a 42-year-old scrap metal worker from Cambodia. He has a 13-year-old daughter. When he's at home, Sok listens to the radio and helps ...

Read more

Sok's Timeline

  • December 14, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 14, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sok 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 15, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sok's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 2, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sok's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 5, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sok's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $465 for Sok'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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Rexa

Rexa is a 47-year-old mother from Malawi. She has four children, and her sister lives together with their family. Rexa has been selling second-hand clothes called kaunjika locally, but had to pause her business last December due to her health condition. Rexa’s husband is an electrician and is currently unemployed. Two of their children are in college, and they shared that their family is struggling to pay their school fees. Rexa also cares for her mom, who lives in the village. Last December, Rexa started having sharp pains in her abdomen radiating to the back and both legs. Her husband has taken her to many hospitals to figure out the cause of her pain, and it has cost their family a significant amount of money. After being evaluated for peptic ulcers, heart, liver, and kidney problems to no avail, she finally was diagnosed in April with uterine fibroids. Fibroids are abnormal growths that develop in or on a woman's uterus. These growths may become quite large and cause severe abdominal pain and heavy bleeding. If left untreated, fibroids can continue to grow, both in size and number, and could result in increased heavy bleeding or a fatal case of anemia. Rexa was referred to Partners in Hope Medical Center for further review and the gynecologist recommended that she undergo a hysterectomy, which will remove her uterus and cervix and hopefully cure her of this pain. However, she has no insurance and is unable to pay for the cost of her care due to her family's earnings. Rexa will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare. She is scheduled to undergo a hysterectomy on May 28th, and African Mission Healthcare is requesting $1,363 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. After the surgery, Rexa is hopeful that she will stop having abdominal pains and can return to normal life, which can help her resume her business and support her family members again. Rexa's husband shared, “I am excited that finally there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel. When my wife feels pain, I also feel pain and I fail to go and look for work to support the family. I strongly believe that this surgery will bring an end to our misery and sleepless nights. Now we will stop begging relatives for support with even transport money to the hospital, I am very grateful to the donors!”

95% funded

95%funded
$1,305raised
$58to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.