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Success! Vorn from Cambodia raised $390 to fund elbow surgery.

Vorn
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  • $390 raised, $0 to go
$390
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$0
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Fully funded
Vorn's treatment was fully funded on August 6, 2019.

Photo of Vorn post-operation

May 15, 2019

Vorn underwent elbow surgery.

Vorn’s surgery went well and she’s been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in her elbow. Surgery will allow Vorn to greatly improve her quality of life and allow her to walk and work without any pain or difficulty.

Vorn's surgery went well and she's been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in her elbow. Surgery will ...

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April 29, 2019

Vorn is a woman from Cambodia. In November 2018, Vorn suffered injuries to her elbow when she fell trying to lift her father from his bed. She went to Ror Meas Hek Health Center for treatment, but she still experiences difficulty flexing her elbow.

Surgery will allow her bones to heal in alignment and mobilize movement in her elbow. A reduction procedure is scheduled for April 30 and will cost $390.

She says, “I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to bend my elbow without pain or difficulty and go back to work.”

Vorn is a woman from Cambodia. In November 2018, Vorn suffered injuries to her elbow when she fell trying to lift her father from his bed. S...

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Vorn's Timeline

  • April 29, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 30, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vorn 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.

  • May 4, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 15, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vorn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 6, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vorn's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Reduction Procedure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $390 for Vorn's treatment
Hospital Fees
$65
Medical Staff
$277
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?

A reduction procedure is needed to correct alignment of bones. After a bone fracture, parts of the bone can become displaced or angulated.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Living with fractured or misaligned bones can be painful and limits functionality, which can interfere with day-to-day tasks.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

In Cambodia, road rules are largely unregulated and traffic accidents occur frequently, often causing fractures and bone dislocations.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Reduction procedures are classified as open reduction and closed reduction. In an open reduction, surgery is performed to expose the fracture fragments at the site of the injury and realign the bones. In a closed reduction, bones are reset without surgical exposure.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Reduction procedures can greatly improve quality of life by reducing the pain from the fractured bone and allowing mobility and use of it.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Closed reductions have fewer risks than open reductions, as they do not carry the potential complications of any surgical exposure. Risks of closed reduction procedures include injury to nerves or blood vessels near the affected bone and blood clot formation. In addition to these, risks of open reduction also include infection and stiffness.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Reduction procedures, especially those that require surgeries, are not easily accessed or afforded by many Cambodians. Patients will travel for many hours to reach CSC for free surgical treatment.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

For patients in need of reduction procedures to reset a misaligned bone, few alternatives exist. Traditional healers are often used, but with unsuccessful results.

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Hy

Hy is a 38 year old fisherman from Kandal Province in Cambodia. He's been married for 9 years and has 2 sons. The oldest is 8 years old in fourth grade and the other is 4 years old not yet in school. His wife is a factory worker but now she needs to stays at home to help look after him. One year ago, he was in a motor vehicle accident that caused paralysis of his left arm. He had a closed fracture of his right clavicle, left shoulder trauma, and scalp lacerations. After the accident his family took him to a government hospital to suture his scalp wound; he stayed for 4 days. After that, he had surgical insertion of a plate and screws for his fractured clavicle. After 6 weeks, his left shoulder still had pain. He has no shoulder abduction, no elbow or wrist movement, no sensation at his forearm or his hand. Hy has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his left side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. He is unable to lift his arm, he is in chronic pain, and he can't work anymore. Hy traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 30th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, Hy will be able to use his arm again. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure. Hy is hopeful that with treatment, he will be able to use his arm as soon as possible and can return to work and supporting his family instead of relying on them as much as he has needed to.

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