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Success! Kao from Cambodia raised $411 to fund fracture repair.

Kao
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  • $411 raised, $0 to go
$411
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Kao's treatment was fully funded on March 26, 2017.

Photo of Kao post-operation

March 1, 2017

Kao can walk again.

Kao’s treatment went well. Surgeons at CSC inserted a nail to hold the bone fragments of his left femur together and performed a bone graft at the fracture site to fix his damaged bones. Following his procedure, he was given pain medication, and he had one week of physiotherapy at CSC before going home. His wound has healed nicely. Kao is now able to walk more easily than before.

Kao’s mother says, “It is nice to see my son walk properly again. Thanks to all of the staff for the help.”

Kao's treatment went well. Surgeons at CSC inserted a nail to hold the bone fragments of his left femur together and performed a bone graft ...

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January 12, 2017

Meet Kao, a 21-year-old farmer. Kao has one sister and enjoys watching movies on TV. Kao traveled three hours with his mother to reach our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment.

In early December of 2016, Kao fractured his left femur in a motor vehicle accident. He was treated by a Khmer traditional healer, but his symptoms did not improve. He relies on crutches to walk, and he is in significant pain.

On January 13, surgeons at CSC will perform a procedure to reconstruct the fracture, which will enable Kao to walk again. CSC is requesting $411 to fund his care.

“After the surgery, I hope I can walk properly again,” says Kao.

Meet Kao, a 21-year-old farmer. Kao has one sister and enjoys watching movies on TV. Kao traveled three hours with his mother to reach our m...

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Kao's Timeline

  • January 12, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kao was submitted by Anne McMurrey, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • January 13, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kao received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre.

  • January 17, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kao's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 01, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kao's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 26, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kao's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $411 for Kao's treatment
Hospital Fees
$251
Medical Staff
$147
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 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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