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Success! Sophorn from Cambodia raised $304 to fund surgery to heal her fractured leg.

Sophorn
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  • $304 raised, $0 to go
$304
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$0
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Fully funded
Sophorn's treatment was fully funded on June 5, 2022.

Photo of Sophorn post-operation

June 14, 2022

Sophorn underwent surgery to finally heal her fractured leg.

Sophorn had successful surgery to remove the hardware from her leg and heal her fracture. She rested at the hospital for several days and took antibiotics to ensure the surgical site did not get infected. The physiotherapist worked with her to regain strength and flexibility in her leg, and she is happy that the pain in her leg will be gone. This week, she has returned to her job of selling coffee and looks forward to walking her children to school without pain.

Sophorn said: “I was worried about the metal remaining in my leg and happy to have it removed so easily. Thank you to the staff and to the donors who made this possible so I can walk easily again.”

Sophorn had successful surgery to remove the hardware from her leg and heal her fracture. She rested at the hospital for several days and to...

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April 22, 2022

Sophorn is a 32-year-old coffee seller. She’s married and has two daughter who are both in school. Sophorn’s husband is a farmer and tuk tuk driver.

Three years ago, Sophorn was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture of her right tibia. She went to a government hospital where a doctor fixated hardware to heal the fracture. Now the bone is healed and the hardware needs to be removed to avoid infection and further pain.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On April 22nd, Sophorn will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $304.

Sophorn says, “I’m hoping the procedure goes well and I heal quickly.”

Sophorn is a 32-year-old coffee seller. She's married and has two daughter who are both in school. Sophorn's husband is a farmer and tuk tuk...

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Sophorn's Timeline

  • April 22, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 22, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sophorn 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.

  • April 28, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sophorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 5, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sophorn's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 14, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sophorn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $304 for Sophorn's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$217
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
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 who experience painful fractures or recurrent dislocations need ORIF (open reduction internal fixation) surgeries to heal the injuries. Most often, these fractures and dislocations result from traffic accidents. ORIF procedures require the insertion of metal plates, screws, or rods to stabilize the bones while they heal. Bowleg procedures also require the insertion of hardware, such as staples, in order to realign the legs. Bowleg can be caused both by genetics and by vitamin and mineral deficiencies. However, surgeons may decide to remove the hardware. The most common reason for hardware removal is pain or loss of mobility and range of motion around the ORIF site. Other reasons include infection, nerve damage, incomplete healing of the bone, or an allergy to the implant.

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

Living with hardware fixation causes pain, limits function, and can interfere with daily activities.

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

There is a high rate of traffic accidents in Cambodia because of a lack of helmet usage and weak enforcement of traffic laws. These accidents cause many of the fractures and bone dislocations that our medical partner sees.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

During an ORIF procedure, the deformed or broken bone is correctly aligned into its normal position. Steel rods, screws, or plates are used to keep the bone fracture stable and allow it to heal. Sometimes, bone grafting is needed to promote healing. During hardware removal, surgeons use the previous incisions to find and remove the hardware. In some cases, additional incisions are made to safely perform the operation.

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

Patients will experience restored function and mobility. They will also have reduced pain. Patients can be independent again and return to work, school, and family life.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This surgery is low-risk and extremely effective.

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 treatment at local clinics or hospitals. Many patients are referred to CSC by word of mouth.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There is no alternative to this treatment.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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