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Sipav is a 20-year-old who loves classical music from Cambodia who needs $230 to fund mobility restoring surgery for his fractured tibia.

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July 6, 2020

Sipav is a 20-year-old man from Cambodia. He works as a waiter at local wedding parties. He lives with his parents and his older brother. His parents work on their farm together, and Sipav helps them when he is not working. He loves classical music, and going out to eat with his friends.

In April 2019, Sipav was in a motor accident in which he suffered a fractured left tibia. He went to a public hospital, where they installed a nail to repair his fracture. His bone healed and he regained good function of his leg, but the nail is at risk of infection and Sipav needs to have it removed.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On July 6th, Sipav will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. Once the hardware is removed, he will no longer have to worry about further infection or nerve damage.

Sipav shared, “I hope that this surgery is easy and goes well, and that I can work without feeling any numbness or have to worry about the future.”

Sipav is a 20-year-old man from Cambodia. He works as a waiter at local wedding parties. He lives with his parents and his older brother. Hi...

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Sipav's Timeline

  • July 6, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sipav was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • July 06, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sipav received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • July 07, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sipav's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 21, 2020
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Sipav's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Sipav is currently raising funds for his treatment.

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Treatment
ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $230 for Sipav'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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