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Success! Chheng An from Cambodia raised $465 to fund a mobility-restoring tibia repair surgery.

Chheng An
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Chheng An's treatment was fully funded on July 30, 2020.

Photo of Chheng An post-operation

July 21, 2020

Chheng An underwent a mobility-restoring tibia repair surgery.

Chheng An’s surgery went well. As soon as her wound heals she will begin physiotherapy. She is feeling well and will be able to walk easily once fully recovered.

She said, “I am happy that my leg is fixed so I can return to work normally now. Thank you!”

Chheng An's surgery went well. As soon as her wound heals she will begin physiotherapy. She is feeling well and will be able to walk easily ...

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July 4, 2020

Chheng An is a 38-year-old meat and vegetable seller from Cambodia. She is married with two school-aged daughters. Her husband works as a rice farmer in the rainy season and in the dry season he works in construction. She enjoys taking her children out to eat noodles.

At the beginning of June 2020, Chheng An was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a right tibia closed fracture. First, she sought treatment from a Khmer traditional healer but the leg did not improve and a neighbor told her to come to Children Surgical Centre. She has to walk with crutches and her leg is swollen, making it difficult for her to work.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On July 3rd, Chheng An will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will repair the fracture, reduce her pain, and allow her to walk easily again.

Her husband shared, “I am worried about her leg needing an operation because we have to take time off work to come here. We can not be away from our children for so long and away from our work. We lose income by traveling six hours to reach help. I hope the surgery and recovery go well so we can return home soon and be with our children.”

Chheng An is a 38-year-old meat and vegetable seller from Cambodia. She is married with two school-aged daughters. Her husband works as a ri...

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Chheng An's Timeline

  • July 03, 2020

    Chheng An 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.

  • July 4, 2020

    Chheng An was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • July 07, 2020

    Chheng An's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 21, 2020

    Chheng An's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 30, 2020

    Chheng An's treatment was fully funded.

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ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
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On average, it costs $465 for Chheng An's treatment
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  • 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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Moe is a 31-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her husband and four-year-old son in Mae La Refugee Camp (MLRC) in Tha Song Yang District of Tak Province. She has lived there for 20 years after her parents moved from Bilin Township, Bago Division in Burma because of the civil war. Moe is a homemaker who does all the household chores while her husband is a farmer who works on rented land outside of the camp, where he plants corn and beans. To make some extra income, Moe also sells snacks from home. Their combined income is enough to cover basic family expenses. As for healthcare, they receive free basic care in the camp provided by International Rescue Committee (IRC). A few months ago, Moe started to feel a mass in her lower abdomen while she was lying down after eating dinner. She thought it was strange and told her neighbor about it the next day. Her neighbor told her that this was normal for someone gaining weight, which she suggested Moe was. Upon hearing this, she did not seek treatment, agreeing with her neighbor’s conclusion. However, she soon felt that the mass was increasing in size, which did not seem normal. On February 13th, 2020, she decided it was time to go to the clinic in the camp for further investigation. The medic at the camp examined to her and told her that she likely had a cyst in her lower abdomen, but they could not diagnose her further. The medic informed the doctor at the camp and the doctor discussed the situation with IRC staff, who then referred Moe to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further investigation. She was referred to MSH on February 17th for an ultrasound. Upon going to MSH, doctors performed an ultrasound and told her that she has a mass in her uterus. Since the mass was already large, however, the ultrasound did not show a clear result whether the mass was outside or inside her uterus. For this reason, the doctor recommended a computed tomography (CT) scan on February 25th. Moe returned home and came back to MSH for the CT scan according to the appointment date. On the day of the scan, she also received a blood test and urine test before being informed that she would have to come back on February 27th to get the results. When she returned, the doctor explained to her that there is a large tumor in her right ovary and that she needs surgery to remove it, followed by a tissue biopsy to confirm whether the growth is cancerous. Currently, Moe has a burning pain in her lower right abdomen. Sometimes the pain gets worse, which makes it difficult for her sleep or eat well. For this reason, she said that she lost her appetite and weight. When she eats, she feels discomfort as her stomach becomes tight and full, even she eats very little. She feels like the mass is gradually getting bigger and she feels more comfortable lying down instead of sitting or walking. Moe sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. She is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on March 24th and is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Moe said, “Both my husband and I became worried when we heard that there was mass in my uterus. We worry that my whole uterus might need to be removed and we will no longer be able to have more children. Now, the doctor told me that only the tumor will be removed and that I most likely will be able to have children in the future. Me and my husband want to have one or two more children, so we were very happy when we heard that my uterus would not to be removed.”

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