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Success! Chettra from Cambodia raised $304 to fund fracture repair surgery.

Chettra
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  • $304 raised, $0 to go
$304
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Chettra's treatment was fully funded on September 9, 2022.

Photo of Chettra post-operation

September 17, 2022

Chettra had successful surgery to remove hardware from a leg fracture.

Three years ago, Chettra was in a motor vehicle accident that fractured his left tibia and femur. Doctors attached hardware to heal the fracture, but after the fracture was healed, the hardware left Chettra in nagging pain. Chettra underwent successful surgery to remove the hardware, and is thrilled that the pain will disappear and he will have full use of his leg once again. He will work with the physiotherapy team to increase his muscle strength post-operatively and hopes to be active again soon. He will then be able to return to his job as a driver and financially support himself.

Chettra said, “I feel much better with the metal removed from my leg. I want to be strong again. Thank you to the CSC staff and those who helped me to be healthy and have a better life.”

Three years ago, Chettra was in a motor vehicle accident that fractured his left tibia and femur. Doctors attached hardware to heal the frac...

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April 19, 2022

Chettra is a 23-year-old driver. He has four brothers and one sister, and their father works as a driver as well. Chettra enjoys playing football, tennis, swimming, listening to music, playing games on his phone, and meeting with friends for coffee.

Three years ago, Chettra was in a motor vehicle accident that fractured his left tibia and femur. After the accident, Chettra was referred to a hospital where doctors fixated hardware to heal his fracture. Now, the fracture is healed and the hardware needs to be removed. On April 19th, Chettra will undergo a hardware removal procedure. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Center, is helping Chettra raise $304 to cover the cost of this procedure that will prevent future infection, pain, and complications.

Chettra says, “I hope my wound heals quickly after surgery so I can return to work and helping out my family.”

Chettra is a 23-year-old driver. He has four brothers and one sister, and their father works as a driver as well. Chettra enjoys playing foo...

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Chettra's Timeline

  • April 19, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Chettra was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • April 19, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chettra 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.

  • April 21, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chettra's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 9, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chettra's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 17, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chettra's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $304 for Chettra's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$217
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
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 who experience painful fractures or recurrent dislocations need ORIF (open reduction internal fixation) surgeries to heal the injuries. Most often, these fractures and dislocations result from traffic accidents. ORIF procedures require the insertion of metal plates, screws, or rods to stabilize the bones while they heal. Bowleg procedures also require the insertion of hardware, such as staples, in order to realign the legs. Bowleg can be caused both by genetics and by vitamin and mineral deficiencies. However, surgeons may decide to remove the hardware. The most common reason for hardware removal is pain or loss of mobility and range of motion around the ORIF site. Other reasons include infection, nerve damage, incomplete healing of the bone, or an allergy to the implant.

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

Living with hardware fixation causes pain, limits function, and can interfere with daily activities.

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

There is a high rate of traffic accidents in Cambodia because of a lack of helmet usage and weak enforcement of traffic laws. These accidents cause many of the fractures and bone dislocations that our medical partner sees.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

During an ORIF procedure, the deformed or broken bone is correctly aligned into its normal position. Steel rods, screws, or plates are used to keep the bone fracture stable and allow it to heal. Sometimes, bone grafting is needed to promote healing. During hardware removal, surgeons use the previous incisions to find and remove the hardware. In some cases, additional incisions are made to safely perform the operation.

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

Patients will experience restored function and mobility. They will also have reduced pain. Patients can be independent again and return to work, school, and family life.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This surgery is low-risk and extremely effective.

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 treatment at local clinics or hospitals. Many patients are referred to CSC by word of mouth.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There is no alternative to this treatment.

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