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Success! Phon from Cambodia raised $405 for surgery to realign his right tibia.

Phon
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$405
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$0
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Fully funded
Phon's treatment was fully funded on May 2, 2016.

Photo of Phon post-operation

July 1, 2016

Phon received successful surgery to realign his right tibia.

Phon’s surgery went well, and now he can walk without pain. He will have 1 week of physiotherapy and a followup appointment in 3 months.

“I am so happy I can walk again and support my family,” Phon shared in his post-operative interview.

His wife, who accompanied him to the clinic for care, added: “I am surprised to see my husband walking again. Thank you for helping us.”

Phon's surgery went well, and now he can walk without pain. He will have 1 week of physiotherapy and a followup appointment in 3 months. ...

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April 19, 2016

47-year-old Phon lives in Cambodia with his wife and two sons. When he is not working on the farm or at the factory, he enjoys spending time at home and cleaning the grounds around his house.

Last year, “Phon was in a moto accident and fractured his right tibia,” reports our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). “He walks with crutches now and is in pain.”

Phon needs surgery to properly fix his leg. However, even working two jobs, Phon does not make enough money to pay for these medical expenses. He travelled three hours with his wife to reach CSC, and for $405 doctors will perform an ORIF procedure to align Phon’s fractured bones. Once aligned, the bones will be secured with pins so that they can properly heal in the right position.

After his operation, Phon will be able to walk again free of pain. “When I am healed I will go home and find a job,” Phon shares.

47-year-old Phon lives in Cambodia with his wife and two sons. When he is not working on the farm or at the factory, he enjoys spending time...

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Phon's Timeline

  • April 19, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Phon was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • April 20, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phon 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.

  • May 2, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 2, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phon's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 1, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phon's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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