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Success! Keo from Cambodia raised $480 to fund fracture repair surgery.

Keo
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  • $480 raised, $0 to go
$480
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Keo's treatment was fully funded on September 30, 2019.

Photo of Keo post-operation

August 9, 2019

Keo underwent fracture repair surgery.

Keo’s surgery went well and he’s been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his leg and ankle. Surgery will allow Keo to greatly improve his quality of life and allow him to walk and work without pain.

Keo's surgery went well and he's been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his leg and ankle. Surgery...

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July 3, 2019

Keo is a 39-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. In his free time, he likes to watch boxing on television, and help around the house and take care of his son.

In September 2017, Keo was in an accident and was hit by a car, injuring his lower left leg. He experiences pain and difficulty walking.

When Keo learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On July 4, surgeons at CSC will perform a joint arthrodesis procedure. Now, Keo needs help to fund this $480 procedure.

He says, “I hope that after my surgery, I will no longer have any pain or swelling, and can return to work and walk normally.”

Keo is a 39-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. In his free time, he likes to watch boxing on television, and help around the house and take...

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Keo's Timeline

  • July 3, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 04, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Keo 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.

  • July 06, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Keo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 09, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Keo's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 30, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Keo's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Joint Arthrodesis
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $480 for Keo's treatment
Hospital Fees
$118
Medical Staff
$314
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?

Arthrodesis is the abolition and fusion of a joint via surgical means. For example, the knee joint is obliterated to join the femur to the tibia. This is done to relieve intractable pain that cannot be managed by pain medication, splints, or other treatments. The typical causes of such pain are fractures, severe sprains, infections, and arthritis. Arthrodesis is most commonly performed on joints in the spine, hand, ankle, and foot. This procedure can also be performed on the shoulder, knee, or wrist.

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

Any painful joint can impair normal function. Moving the legs, arms, or spine may be acutely painful and disabling.

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

Patients in Cambodia often neglect pain and other symptoms far longer than patients in America, so their cases become more complex.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

There are a number of joint arthrodesis surgeries that a patient might undergo. The patient will be examined, and doctors will create a treatment plan for the affected joint.

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

The patient will be rendered pain-free. Of course, the patient will experience limited function in this joint.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Surgery performed on the limbs is not risky. However, spinal fusion procedures can entail a lot of blood loss and are inherently more risky.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Joint arthrodesis is not widely available in Cambodia, as there are only a handful of doctors in the country that perform fusions. Usually, people experience months or years of pain before the joint fuses itself or they manage to find a surgeon to treat it appropriately.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The alternatives to surgery are bracing or splinting, but these are temporary measures.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.