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Success! Dara from Cambodia raised $230 to fund surgery so he can use him arm again.

Dara
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  • $230 raised, $0 to go
$230
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Dara's treatment was fully funded on February 2, 2022.

Photo of Dara post-operation

March 4, 2022

Dara underwent surgery so he can use him arm again.

Dara underwent surgery to remove the hardware from his fracture so he can finally heal. This was the major source of his discomfort, and it prevented him from being able to work. He is thrilled that the constant pain in his arm will disappear, he can get stronger, and he will be able to lead his normal life again.

Dara’s wife said: “Thank you for all the help to help Dara recover after his accident. He is hopeful to be able to use his arm again, find a job and help me care for our children. We are grateful to everyone who helped Dara.”

Dara underwent surgery to remove the hardware from his fracture so he can finally heal. This was the major source of his discomfort, and it ...

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January 6, 2022

Dara is a 31-year-old truck driver. He’s is married with two children - a six-year-old daughter and a one-year-old son. His wife works in a shoe factory in their province. When he is home, he likes to play with his children, or play football or volleyball with friends.

In October 2020, Dara was in a car accident and fractured his right arm. He was taken to a local hospital in Kampong Speu province for a plate and screws to heal his fracture. Now the hardware makes his arm ache, and he doesn’t feel strong or able to use it much.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On January 6th, Dara will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. Once the hardware is removed, he can strengthen his arm and fully heal. He hopes it will return to the way it was before so he can be useful in his house and help his wife more to care for their children.

Dara said: “I know I will have pain again after surgery, but I want the metal out so I can fully heal and have a normal life again.”

Dara is a 31-year-old truck driver. He's is married with two children - a six-year-old daughter and a one-year-old son. His wife works in a ...

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Dara's Timeline

  • January 6, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Dara was submitted by Ellen Interlandi, Volunteer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • January 6, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Dara 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.

  • January 7, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Dara's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 2, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Dara's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 4, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Dara'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 $230 for Dara'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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