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Success! Sophal from Cambodia raised $430 to fund an orthopedic procedure.

  • $430 raised, $0 to go
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Sophal's treatment was fully funded on September 26, 2017.

Photo of Sophal post-operation

August 4, 2017

Sophal underwent an orthopedic procedure.

Sophal’s treatment for his left femur went well. Following the procedure, he was given pain medication to take as needed. He had physiotherapy at CSC for two weeks before being discharged. His wound has healed nicely and he does not experience any pain. Sophal is now able to walk more easily than before.

Sophal says, “I am happy with the results of the surgery. Now I can walk better. I am really thankful to CSC and the staff for helping me walk.”

Sophal's treatment for his left femur went well. Following the procedure, he was given pain medication to take as needed. He had physiothera...

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July 13, 2017

Sophal is a 20-year-old man from Cambodia who makes jewelry for a living. He has two brothers and one sister. He likes to watch TV, listen to music, and tend to his jewelry shop.

In December 2016, Sophal was in a motor vehicle accident, which caused a fracture of his left femur. He went to a hospital in Phnom Penh, and surgeons there performed an ORIF procedure, fixating hardware to heal his fracture. However, Sophal is still having difficulty walking and he is in pain. X-rays show that the plate fixated in his femur is not stabilizing his bones, and his fracture is not healed.

Sophal heard about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), from his neighbor. Sophal traveled for two hours with his mother to reach CSC for treatment.

On July 13, surgeons at CSC will remove the hardware currently in Sophal’s femur and perform an ORIF procedure to fixate a nail as well as a bone graft to stabilize and fix Sophal’s bones and heal his fracture. The $430 requested to fund Sophal’s treatment will cover the full cost of the procedure, including a hospital stay, labs, physician and surgeon time, radiology, and supplies.

Sophal is a 20-year-old man from Cambodia who makes jewelry for a living. He has two brothers and one sister. He likes to watch TV, listen t...

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Sophal's Timeline

  • July 13, 2017

    Sophal was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • July 13, 2017

    Sophal 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.

  • August 4, 2017

    Sophal's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 4, 2017

    Sophal's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 26, 2017

    Sophal's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $430 for Sophal's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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