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Success! Savong from Cambodia raised $411 to fund fracture repair.

Savong
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Fully funded
Savong's treatment was fully funded on June 21, 2017.

Photo of Savong post-operation

April 12, 2017

Savong underwent fracture repair.

Savong’s treatment went well. Surgeons at CSC successfully removed the nail from his left femur. Following the procedure, he was given pain medication, and his sutures were removed ten days later. He had physiotherapy at CSC before being discharged. His wound has healed nicely, and he does not experience any pain. Savong is now able to walk more easily than before.

Savong says, “After the surgery, I don’t feel any pain. I can walk better. I’m going to work to support my family again.”

Savong's treatment went well. Surgeons at CSC successfully removed the nail from his left femur. Following the procedure, he was given pain ...

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February 15, 2017

Savong is a 31-year-old construction worker who is married with one daughter. He likes to watch TV and look after his daughter in his spare time.

Three years ago, Savong was in a car accident that caused a fracture in his left femur. Despite an earlier hospital visit, Savong still has a hard time walking and is in pain.

Savong heard about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), from his neighbor. He traveled there with his wife to receive treatment. On February 15, surgeons at CSC will operate on Savong’s left leg to surgically realign his broken bone and allow it to heal again. This procedure will allow Savong to walk easily again. He needs help to fund this $411 surgery.

Savong is a 31-year-old construction worker who is married with one daughter. He likes to watch TV and look after his daughter in his spare ...

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Savong's Timeline

  • February 15, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Savong was submitted by Korng Hout, Accountant at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • February 15, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Savong received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre.

  • February 15, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Savong's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 12, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Savong's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 21, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Savong's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $411 for Savong's treatment
Hospital Fees
$251
Medical Staff
$147
Medication
$5
Supplies
$8
  • 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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Lucas

Only one month old, Lucas is a gentle baby boy who is his parent's first-born child. His father works as a motorcycle taxi driver, transporting passengers from one place to another, while his mother stays at home, looking after the family and doing other home activities. The family lives in a rental house in eastern Tanzania. Lucas was born with hydrocephalus with a myelomeningocele. A myelomeningocele—a type of spina bifida—is a birth defect in which several vertebrae in the lower back do not close properly, leaving the baby’s spinal canal exposed. The spinal cord and its surrounding membranes protrude through the opening in the backbone, forming a sac on the baby’s lower back. As many as 90 percent of children with meningomyelocele also have hydrocephalus, a condition in which there is an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain that causes the head to increase in size. Without treatment, Lucas will experience increased pressure on his brain, which can cause brain damage and ultimately death. There is also the risk that the sac on his back will become infected, leading to further damage to the spinal cord and possibly preventing him from walking. Lucas could not receive treatment earlier because there were no surgeons available at the hospital where he was born. In addition, his family did not have enough money to pay for the surgery that he needed. He was referred to Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC), a care center of our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), for treatment and support. AMHF requests $1,369 to pay for two surgical procedures for Lucas. In one procedure—meningomyelocele closure—surgeons will place the spinal cord and nerves back inside the backbone and cover them with membranes before closing the opening in his spine. In the other operation—endoscopic third ventriculostomy—surgeons will create a bypass through a thin membrane in the bottom (or floor) of a specific region of Lucas's brain. The cerebrospinal fluid will then flow up and over the surface of the brain and into the bloodstream. Lucas's surgery is scheduled for June 21. Funding also covers the costs of ten days of hospital care, imaging, blood work, medicine, and 25 days of accommodation for recovery and rehabilitation. Lucas's family is contributing $45 to cover additional expenses associated with his care. "I will be very happy and very thankful if Lucas gets treatment," shares Lucas's mother.

36% funded

36%funded
$499raised
$870to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Lucas

Only one month old, Lucas is a gentle baby boy who is his parent's first-born child. His father works as a motorcycle taxi driver, transporting passengers from one place to another, while his mother stays at home, looking after the family and doing other home activities. The family lives in a rental house in eastern Tanzania. Lucas was born with hydrocephalus with a myelomeningocele. A myelomeningocele—a type of spina bifida—is a birth defect in which several vertebrae in the lower back do not close properly, leaving the baby’s spinal canal exposed. The spinal cord and its surrounding membranes protrude through the opening in the backbone, forming a sac on the baby’s lower back. As many as 90 percent of children with meningomyelocele also have hydrocephalus, a condition in which there is an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain that causes the head to increase in size. Without treatment, Lucas will experience increased pressure on his brain, which can cause brain damage and ultimately death. There is also the risk that the sac on his back will become infected, leading to further damage to the spinal cord and possibly preventing him from walking. Lucas could not receive treatment earlier because there were no surgeons available at the hospital where he was born. In addition, his family did not have enough money to pay for the surgery that he needed. He was referred to Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC), a care center of our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), for treatment and support. AMHF requests $1,369 to pay for two surgical procedures for Lucas. In one procedure—meningomyelocele closure—surgeons will place the spinal cord and nerves back inside the backbone and cover them with membranes before closing the opening in his spine. In the other operation—endoscopic third ventriculostomy—surgeons will create a bypass through a thin membrane in the bottom (or floor) of a specific region of Lucas's brain. The cerebrospinal fluid will then flow up and over the surface of the brain and into the bloodstream. Lucas's surgery is scheduled for June 21. Funding also covers the costs of ten days of hospital care, imaging, blood work, medicine, and 25 days of accommodation for recovery and rehabilitation. Lucas's family is contributing $45 to cover additional expenses associated with his care. "I will be very happy and very thankful if Lucas gets treatment," shares Lucas's mother.

36% funded

36%funded
$499raised
$870to go