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Success! Pisal from Cambodia raised $465 to fund a fracture repair on his arm.

Pisal
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  • $465 raised, $0 to go
$465
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Pisal's treatment was fully funded on February 13, 2021.

Photo of Pisal post-operation

February 6, 2021

Pisal underwent a fracture repair on his arm.

Pisal underwent a successful surgery! His wound is healing now and all of his stitches were removed.

Pisal shared, “I am happy that my hand is better and I will soon be back to normal. I will be able to go to work as an electrician again.”

Pisal underwent a successful surgery! His wound is healing now and all of his stitches were removed. Pisal shared, "I am happy that my ...

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October 14, 2020

Pisal is a 25-year-old electrician from Cambodia. Pisal married his wife four months ago and they are now expecting their first child together. His wife works in a factory. Pisal enjoys playing football, exercising, listening to music, and helping his family with cooking and cleaning.

In September 2020, Pisal was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a closed fracture of his left forearm. First he sought treatment at a Khmer traditional healer who provided a bamboo sling. This treatment was not successful and he is still in pain. He experiences pain and swelling, and it is still very difficult for him to use his left arm.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On October 14th, Pisal will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will heal his fracture and allow him to use left arm again without pain.

Pisal said, “I hope after surgery my left arm is back to normal so I can get back to work and prepare for my child to be born.”

Pisal is a 25-year-old electrician from Cambodia. Pisal married his wife four months ago and they are now expecting their first child togeth...

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Pisal's Timeline

  • October 14, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 14, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Pisal 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.

  • October 15, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Pisal's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 6, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Pisal's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 13, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Pisal's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

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

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Harriet

Harriet is a smallscale farmer and a mother of four. She was able to complete school up to the 6th grade, then could not proceed with education due to limited financial support from her family. Her husband is a casual laborer finding work where he can around their village. They own a two-room mud house for shelter. Their family's eldest is 13 years old and in primary school class three while the last born is 5 years old and in baby junior class. Harriet shared that sustaining her family has been hard for her and her husband. During her free time, she enjoys working on her farm whenever she is not doing her household chores. About four months ago, Harriet began to experience troubling symptoms, including severe lower abdominal pains and immediately went to seek medical attention at Rushoroza hospital. She was diagnosed with a ruptured appendicular abscess. This is a complication of acute appendicitis which results from the invasion of the appendix by bacteria following an obstruction. It was managed and the doctors advised her to return after a while for appendicectomy but she has not been able to afford the surgery cost. Currently, Harriet has completely stopped farming due to severe pain. If her surgery is not done, Harriet is at risk of suffering a recurring appendicular abscess and could live a very poor quality of life. Her family however cannot afford the surgery charges. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Harriet receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a curative laporotomy on November 11th at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $284 and Harriet and her family need your support. Harriet says, “I hope to live a better life after the surgery because I have been in so much pain. I will resume farming as soon as I get better.”

59% funded

59%funded
$170raised
$114to go

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