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Success! Neang from Cambodia raised $230 to fund hardware removal surgery for his fractured leg.

Neang
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  • $230 raised, $0 to go
$230
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Neang's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2021.

Photo of Neang post-operation

January 10, 2022

Neang underwent hardware removal surgery for his fractured leg.

Neang had successful surgery for debridement and hardware removal to finally heal his fracture. He is on his way to complete recovery after his accident in 2008! Neang has been working with the physiotherapy team to regain flexion and strength in his leg. He hopes to walk easily again, care for his mother, and play with his nieces and nephews soon.

Neang’s mother shared, “I’m so happy to see my son doing better. He has had pain for so many years, and he has hope he can live a normal life and drive his moto again.”

Neang had successful surgery for debridement and hardware removal to finally heal his fracture. He is on his way to complete recovery after ...

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November 9, 2021

Neang is a 38-year-old tuk-tuk driver. Neang comes from Kompong Speu Province in Cambodia. Since his father passed away ten years ago, Neang has decided to stay with his mother to take care of her. He also has five siblings that live in his area, and many nieces and nephews. When he is not working, he enjoys playing sports, cooking for his mother, and visiting his siblings.

In 2008, Neang was involved in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture of his right femur. He visited a government hospital after the accident, where doctors fixated hardware to heal the fracture. The hardware has recently become infected and exposed. It has become difficult for Neang to walk, and he is experiencing chronic pain and discomfort.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On November 9th, Neang will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will allow his leg to heal and help him walk easily again.

Neang said, “I hope my leg can heal quickly, so that I can work again and make sure my mother is cared for.”

Neang is a 38-year-old tuk-tuk driver. Neang comes from Kompong Speu Province in Cambodia. Since his father passed away ten years ago, Neang...

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Neang's Timeline

  • November 9, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 9, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Neang 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.

  • November 10, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Neang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 31, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Neang's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 10, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Neang's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $230 for Neang's treatment
Hospital Fees
$35
Medical Staff
$147
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?

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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