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Success! Ty from Cambodia raised $465 to fund ankle repair surgery.

Ty
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  • $465 raised, $0 to go
$465
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Ty's treatment was fully funded on April 1, 2022.

Photo of Ty post-operation

April 12, 2022

Ty underwent ankle repair surgery and is eager to walk again.

Ty had a successful procedure and is recovering well at home. He will take antibiotics and use crutches for the next 6-10 weeks to avoid putting any weight on his ankle as it heals. Ty will then undergo physiotherapy to slowly increase the strength in his leg. Although he will not have as much flexion in his ankle as before, he is happy the pain will disappear and he will be able to walk again. Because of this surgery, he will be able to return to work and support his family.

Ty shared, “I am grateful for the care I received at CSC. I want to walk my children to school and be useful to my family again. Thank you to the staff and the people who helped me have this surgery.”

Ty had a successful procedure and is recovering well at home. He will take antibiotics and use crutches for the next 6-10 weeks to avoid put...

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January 9, 2022

Ty is a 51-year-old food seller. He has two children - a son and a daughter. His son is seven years old in first grade, and his daughter is nine years old in third grade. Ty and his wife work together, selling soft drinks and snacks from their home. In his free time, Ty enjoys playing with his children and helping them with their school work, as well as listening to the radio.

In May 2020, Ty fell and fractured his left ankle. He went to a local hospital for surgery. The wound still had not healed after six months, so Ty visited another hospital to remove the surgical hardware. Even now, Ty’s ankle is still swollen and in constant pain. He cannot walk or help his wife with their store, which Ty shared has been causing him depression.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), can help. On January 7th, he will undergo a fracture repair procedure. Surgeons will perform an ankle fusion, eliminating Ty’s chronic pain and swelling. As a result of surgery, he will be able to walk again without pain or crutches. CSC is requesting $465 to fund this procedure.

Ty shared, “It is hard for me to stay at home and not do anything. I hope I can walk again soon so I can play with my children and help my wife with the store.”

Ty is a 51-year-old food seller. He has two children - a son and a daughter. His son is seven years old in first grade, and his daughter is ...

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Ty's Timeline

  • January 7, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ty 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.

  • January 9, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ty was submitted by Ellen Interlandi, Volunteer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • January 10, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ty's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 1, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ty's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 12, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ty's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

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