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Success! Phea Rum from Cambodia raised $143 to fund hardware removal surgery.

Phea Rum
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  • $143 raised, $0 to go
$143
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Phea Rum's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Phea Rum post-operation

July 7, 2017

Phea Rum underwent hardware removal surgery.

Phea Rum’s treatment for his clavicle went well. Following the procedure, he was given pain medication and antibiotics. He had two weeks of physiotherapy at CSC before being discharged. Phea Rum’s shoulder feels better and he does not experience any pain.

Phea Rum’s mother says, “Thanks to CSC and the donors for helping my son. Now he can use his shoulder without any pain.”

Phea Rum's treatment for his clavicle went well. Following the procedure, he was given pain medication and antibiotics. He had two weeks of ...

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May 16, 2017

Phea Rum is a 21-year-old from Cambodia who works as a house guard. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to music and playing football.

He was in a motorcycle accident on May 6 that resulted in a fractured clavicle, or collarbone. He immediately received surgical care, and hardware was placed to help in healing. This hardware is now causing him pain and discomfort. Surgery to remove the hardware is crucial to ensure further complications, such as infections, don’t occur. The procedure is scheduled for May 16.

Phea was told about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, by a neighbor who received care from them previously. He traveled three hours from home to the care facility with hopes of receiving help. The $149 amount needed for the surgery covers medical, hospital, and surgeon/physician fees.

This treatment will alleviate his pain in the previously-fractured area and is also a preventative measure for future medical problems.

Phea Rum is a 21-year-old from Cambodia who works as a house guard. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to music and playing football. ...

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Phea Rum's Timeline

  • May 16, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 16, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phea Rum 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.

  • June 2, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phea Rum's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 7, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phea Rum's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phea Rum's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $143 for Phea Rum's treatment
Hospital Fees
$49
Medical Staff
$81
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 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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