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Success! Koeun from Cambodia raised $390 to fund orthopedic surgery.

Koeun
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  • $390 raised, $0 to go
$390
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Koeun's treatment was fully funded on August 6, 2019.

Photo of Koeun post-operation

May 15, 2019

Koeun underwent orthopedic surgery.

Koeun’s surgery went well and she’s been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in her leg. Surgery will allow Koeun to greatly improve her quality of life and allow her to walk and work without any pain.

Koeun's surgery went well and she's been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in her leg. Surgery will a...

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May 3, 2019

Koeun is a woman from Cambodia. In August 2018, Koeun was struck from behind by a motorcycle on her way home from work, resulting in a fractured left thigh. She was initially treated at Kampong Cham Referral Hospital, where they inserted pins near the fracture so the bones would heal in alignment. However, Koeun’s bones have now healed, and the pins are ready to be removed.

Surgery will allow Koeun to completely bend her leg and foot without any pain or difficulty. Surgery is scheduled for May 3 and will cost $390. She looks forward to returning to her family and going for walks in the village.

Koeun is a woman from Cambodia. In August 2018, Koeun was struck from behind by a motorcycle on her way home from work, resulting in a fract...

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Koeun's Timeline

  • May 3, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Koeun was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • May 03, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Koeun 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.

  • May 06, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Koeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 15, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Koeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 06, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Koeun's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Osteotomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $390 for Koeun's treatment
Hospital Fees
$65
Medical Staff
$277
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?

Osteotomy is a surgical procedure used to correct bone abnormalities from trauma or disease. Without treatment, bone fractures or damage to growth plates may heal in angular, rotational, or shortened positions and result in deformity and loss of function. Arthritis is also a common indication for osteotomy, particularly if deformity is involved. Patients with arthritis suffer from pain and stiffness.

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

Misalignment of the bones not only creates discomfort and pain, but it can also make day-to-day tasks difficult or sometimes impossible. Deformity is also highly stigmatizing.

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

Due to lack of funds for speedy healthcare or inaccessibility, bone abnormalities are common due to delayed treatment. Cambodians often turn to Khmer traditional healers for bony deformities or even trauma and this also contributes to the development of deformities.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Pre-operative assessment with radiology is required to plan the procedure for each case. The surgeon will decide the best location to cut a part of the bone so that it results in an even distribution of weight across the bone or joint. This usually involves cutting out a wedge-shaped piece of bone to realign and adjust the angle at which the bone is positioned. Following correction, rigid internal or external fixation is used to hold the bone in place while it heals.

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

Deformity will be corrected, often months or years after its development and patients will immediately notice the benefits. Function will be restored, and pain should subside, which will enable patients to become mobile, undergo daily activities independently, and recommence work to support their families.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Blood clots are the most common complication of osteotomy procedures, but this can be avoided if patients are encouraged to mobilize early. As for any other surgical procedures, there may be complications such as infection and damage to surrounding nerves or vessels.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Treatment for bone-related injuries due to trauma or more chronic conditions such as arthritis is available at a local clinics and hospitals at a cost, which many patients may not be able to afford. Patients also often turn to traditional healers which result in unsuccessful treatment. Inadequate or delayed treatment can contribute to bone abnormalities and prolonged suffering. Patients travel as much as twelve hours to reach Children's Surgical Centre for free surgery, arriving by bus, motorbike, or taxi.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Traditional medicine is available, but with unsuccessful results.

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