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Success! Chheang from Cambodia raised $411 to fund arm surgery.

Chheang
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  • $411 raised, $0 to go
$411
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Chheang's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Chheang post-operation

July 7, 2017

Chheang underwent arm surgery.

Chheang’s treatment went well. Following the procedure, he was instructed to keep his right arm elevated to prevent swelling and to keep his arm in a sling for 2 weeks for support. His wounds have healed nicely and he does not experience any pain.

Chheang says, “I am happy with the results of the operation. I feel a lot better and I don’t have pain anymore. I’m going to work to support my family again if possible.”

Chheang's treatment went well. Following the procedure, he was instructed to keep his right arm elevated to prevent swelling and to keep his...

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March 22, 2017

Chheang is a 50-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He is married and has three sons and four daughters. He likes to fish in the river, go to his garden, and listen to the radio in his free time.

At the end of January, Chheang tripped over a pig and fell onto his right arm, dislocating his elbow. He went to a traditional Khmer healer for 20 days, but his symptoms did not improve. It is difficult for him to use his right arm, and he is in great pain.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $411 to cover the cost of a fracture repair operation. He is scheduled to receive treatment on March 23 at our medical partner’s care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. After surgery he will be pain-free and able to return to work.

Chheang is a 50-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He is married and has three sons and four daughters. He likes to fish in the river, go to his...

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Chheang's Timeline

  • March 22, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Chheang was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • March 23, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chheang received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chheang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 07, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chheang's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chheang's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $411 for Chheang's treatment
Hospital Fees
$251
Medical Staff
$147
Medication
$5
Supplies
$8
  • 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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