Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

Success! Mom from Cambodia raised $405 to treat her fractured elbow.

Mom
100%
  • $405 raised, $0 to go
$405
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Mom's treatment was fully funded on March 31, 2016.

Photo of Mom post-operation

May 20, 2016

Mom received treatment for her fractured elbow.

Mom underwent surgery to repair the fractures in her elbow she incurred after falling down a few months ago. She is healing well, and will have physical therapy for two weeks and followup appointment in one month. Now, she can move her elbow without pain.

“I am happy with the result of my surgery,” Mom shared. “Now I can move my elbow properly and without pain. I really thank Children’s Surgical Centre and all the doctors for helping me.”

Mom underwent surgery to repair the fractures in her elbow she incurred after falling down a few months ago. She is healing well, and will h...

Read more
March 8, 2016

Just a few months ago, 64-year-old Mom fell down and badly fractured her elbow. Although she received traditional Khmer treatment in her home country of Cambodia, it was not effective in treating her pain or setting her bones so that they could heal properly.

Mom visited our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), where her fracture was diagnosed. The team at CSC told Mom that she needs surgery, but as the mother and caretaker of six children, she does not have the money to afford the cost of care.

For $405, Mom will undergo surgery to reset the fracture in her arm and realign her elbow so that it can bend and function properly. After surgery, Mom can return to taking care of her family and cooking food without discomfort.

Just a few months ago, 64-year-old Mom fell down and badly fractured her elbow. Although she received traditional Khmer treatment in her hom...

Read more

Mom's Timeline

  • March 8, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Mom was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • March 8, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mom 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.

  • March 27, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mom's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 31, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mom's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 20, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mom's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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.

Leon

Leon is a young boy from Kenya. When he was born in 2019, he was diagnosed with bilateral cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. His parents did not know what to do and didn't know where to turn for help. In 2020, his mother told some friends about Leon’s condition. They advised her to take him to a nearby hospital where he was examined, and a scan was recommended. They did not have money for the scan and had not sought any medical intervention since then. Recently, his mother told another friend who, upon learning about Leon’s condition, referred them to our medical partner's care center BethanyKids. On arrival, Leon was examined and scheduled for surgery. Leon is the first born in a family of two children. He lives with his mother who does jobs like pruning coffee, doing laundry for people, and plowing farms to provide for their family. Leon's brother is a newborn, and his mother is taking time off work to take care of him. She is now relying on Leon’s grandfather to temporarily support the family. If left untreated, Leon has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Fortunately, Leon will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). He is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on October 28th. AMHF is requesting $646 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Leon’s grandfather says, “I really want to help my grandchild so that he can have a good future like the other children.”

12% funded

12%funded
$80raised
$566to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Leon

Leon is a young boy from Kenya. When he was born in 2019, he was diagnosed with bilateral cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. His parents did not know what to do and didn't know where to turn for help. In 2020, his mother told some friends about Leon’s condition. They advised her to take him to a nearby hospital where he was examined, and a scan was recommended. They did not have money for the scan and had not sought any medical intervention since then. Recently, his mother told another friend who, upon learning about Leon’s condition, referred them to our medical partner's care center BethanyKids. On arrival, Leon was examined and scheduled for surgery. Leon is the first born in a family of two children. He lives with his mother who does jobs like pruning coffee, doing laundry for people, and plowing farms to provide for their family. Leon's brother is a newborn, and his mother is taking time off work to take care of him. She is now relying on Leon’s grandfather to temporarily support the family. If left untreated, Leon has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Fortunately, Leon will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). He is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on October 28th. AMHF is requesting $646 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Leon’s grandfather says, “I really want to help my grandchild so that he can have a good future like the other children.”

12% funded

12%funded
$80raised
$566to go