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Success! Van from Cambodia raised $430 to fund fracture repair surgery.

Van
100%
  • $430 raised, $0 to go
$430
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Van's treatment was fully funded on April 22, 2019.

Photo of Van post-operation

March 20, 2019

Van underwent fracture repair surgery.

Van’s surgery went well and she’s been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in her leg. Surgery will allow Van to greatly improve her quality of life and allow her to walk and work without pain.

Her mother says, “I am very happy that my daughter is able to walk again and go back to her daily activities.”

Van's surgery went well and she's been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in her leg. Surgery will all...

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February 26, 2019

Van is a 23-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She enjoys watching television, listening to music, cooking, and going for walks with her family.

Two months ago, Van was involved in a traffic accident that resulted in a fracture in her left leg. It is difficult for her to walk and she has been experiencing a lot of pain.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On February 26, Van will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. This surgery will help her to walk more easily and will provide relief from pain.

She says, “I hope after my surgery that I can walk more easily and will no longer have any more pain.”

Van is a 23-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She enjoys watching television, listening to music, cooking, and going for walks with her fa...

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Van's Timeline

  • February 26, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Van was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • February 26, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Van 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.

  • February 26, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Van's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 20, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Van's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 22, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Van's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $430 for Van's treatment
Hospital Fees
$65
Medical Staff
$277
Medication
$0
Supplies
$80
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 in need of open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) surgeries experience painful fractures or recurrent dislocations. Usually, these injuries result from traffic accidents or other trauma injuries.

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

Living with an abnormal or deformed bone limits function and can interfere with daily activities. It is also extremely painful.

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

Due to lack of helmet usage and weak enforcement of traffic laws, there is a high rate of traffic accidents in Cambodia. This causes many of the fractures and bone dislocations our medical partner sees.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The deformed or abnormal bone is broken and correctly aligned, and any fragments are fixed. Following the realignment of the bone, metal plates, pins, rods, wires, or screws are attached to the bone for stabilization as the internal fixation.

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

Patients will experience restored function and mobility and reduced pain. Patients regain independence and return to work, school, and family life.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Complications from this surgery are rare but include infection, nerve damage, blood clots, and tissue irritation from the hardware.

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 hospital treatment. Many patients are referred to CSC by word of mouth.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There is no alternative care for this treatment.

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