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Success! Rathanak from Cambodia raised $214 to fund fracture repair surgery.

Rathanak
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  • $214 raised, $0 to go
$214
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Rathanak's treatment was fully funded on June 27, 2018.

Photo of Rathanak post-operation

May 9, 2018

Rathanak underwent fracture repair surgery.

Rathanak’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 Rathanak to greatly improve her quality of life and allow her to walk and work without pain.

Her mother says, “I am very pleased with my daughter’s surgery. She is able to walk again without pain.”

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

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May 2, 2018

Rathanak is a factory worker from Cambodia. She has four older sisters. She likes to listen to music in her free time.

One year ago, Rathanak was a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture in her left leg. She went to a clinic and doctors fixated hardware to heal her fracture. Now, the hardware is causing pain when she walks.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On May 3, Rathanak will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $214. This procedure will help her walk easily again.

She says, “I hope I feel better after the operation and can walk without pain.”

Rathanak is a factory worker from Cambodia. She has four older sisters. She likes to listen to music in her free time. One year ago, Rath...

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Rathanak's Timeline

  • May 2, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 03, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rathanak 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.

  • May 03, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rathanak's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 09, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Rathanak's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 27, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Rathanak's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $214 for Rathanak's treatment
Hospital Fees
$34
Medical Staff
$132
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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