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Success! Yim from Cambodia raised $230 to repair a broken femur.

Yim
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  • $230 raised, $0 to go
$230
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Yim's treatment was fully funded on October 4, 2021.

Photo of Yim post-operation

September 13, 2021

Yim received surgery to repair a broken femur.

Yim underwent successful surgery to remove the hardware from her healed fracture. After years of difficulty following a motor vehicle accident, Yim is thrilled to finally be relieved of the discomfort and pain in her leg. She is looking forward to returning to normalcy and working once again on the family farm.

Yim’s husband shared, “Thank you for all the help to help Yim recover after her accident. She is hopeful to be able to walk normally again and care for our children.”

Yim underwent successful surgery to remove the hardware from her healed fracture. After years of difficulty following a motor vehicle accide...

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August 4, 2021

Yim is a 42-year-old farmer. She is married and has three sons and one daughter. Three of Yim’s children are in school and one works in a garment factory in Phnom Penh. Yim’s husband is also a rice farmer.

In October 2019, Yim was in a motor vehicle accident in which she fractured her left femur. She went to a government hospital, where doctors surgically implanted hardware to heal her fracture. The bone is now mended and the hardware needs to be removed to prevent future complications.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. Yim is scheduled to undergo a hardware removal procedure on August 4th, which will cost $230. This procedure will remove the surgical screws from her femur and help ensure she does have future complications and infections.

Yim says, “I really hope the wound will heal quickly after surgery.”

Yim is a 42-year-old farmer. She is married and has three sons and one daughter. Three of Yim's children are in school and one works in a ga...

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Yim's Timeline

  • August 4, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 4, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yim 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.

  • August 6, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yim's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 13, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yim's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 4, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yim's treatment was fully funded.

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Treatment
ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $230 for Yim's treatment
Hospital Fees
$35
Medical Staff
$147
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?

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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