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Success! Nhel from Cambodia raised $483 to fund fracture repair surgery so he can regain use of his left arm.

Nhel
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  • $483 raised, $0 to go
$483
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Nhel's treatment was fully funded on January 26, 2023.

Photo of Nhel post-operation

November 4, 2022

Nhel underwent fracture repair surgery so he can regain use of his left arm.

Before undergoing surgery, Nhel could not work due to the fracture in his arm. He was thrilled to learn that surgeons at Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) could help repair the fracture. Nhel’s surgery was a success, and he is recovering well! He will follow up with the clinic to get the stitches removed and work with the physiotherapy team to increase the flexion and strength of his arm. Upon full recovery, Nhel will be able to resume his construction work to support his family.

Nhel said, “I am so happy my neighbor told me about CSC because I could not afford this care elsewhere. I will be able to take care of my family again. Thank you to the surgeons and the strangers who helped me to have this surgery.”

Before undergoing surgery, Nhel could not work due to the fracture in his arm. He was thrilled to learn that surgeons at Children's Surgical...

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September 1, 2022

Nhel is a 54-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He is married and has one son and two daughters. Nhel lives with his wife and their youngest daughter. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his friends and caring for his grandchild.

This past July, Nhel was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture of his left humerus. He visited a private clinic after the accident, but he unfortunately could not receive treatment due to financial constraints. It is currently difficult for him to use his left arm, and he is in chronic pain.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On September 1st, Nhel will undergo fracture repair surgery, which will heal the fracture and allow him to regain use of his left arm. Now, he needs help to fund this $483 procedure.

Nhel says, “I hope my pain will stop and I can use my left arm again.”

Nhel is a 54-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He is married and has one son and two daughters. Nhel lives with his wife and their...

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Nhel's Timeline

  • September 1, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Nhel was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • September 1, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nhel 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.

  • September 2, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nhel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 4, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nhel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 26, 2023
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nhel's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $483 for Nhel's treatment
Hospital Fees
$70
Medical Staff
$318
Medication
$0
Supplies
$87
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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John

John is a hawker (the local name for a street vendor) from Kenya. He has six children all under the age of 18 years. His wife helps at home and John is the family's sole breadwinner. Lately, due to his condition, John has been unable to work. He has no alternate source of income, and shared that he is struggling to raise his family. John first started experiencing a loss of appetite and stomach pain in April 2022. He visited a local health center and was treated for stomach aches, but his condition did not improve. He later started having episodes of diarrhea and has lost a significant amount of weight. He also has been experiencing bleeding that has caused him anemia. As a result, he has had several blood transfusions and hospital admissions. Recently, a biopsy at Kijabe Hospital revealed that John has colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is a disease in which cells in the colon grow out of control. At the current stage, his doctors feel the cancer can be stopped surgically from spreading. However, the procedure has to be done as soon as possible because it is urgent. He is now scheduled to undergo surgery and needs support. Unfortunately, John does not have medical coverage and cannot afford the surgery. He is requesting financial assistance to support the $1,074 needed for his medical care. John says, “I cannot eat, and I have lost a lot of weight. I have had several blood transfusions because of bleeding. I need this surgery to help fight the cancer.”

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