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Success! Vanna from Cambodia raised $1,027 to fund mobility restoring spine surgery.

Vanna
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Fully funded
Vanna's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2020.

Photo of Vanna post-operation

October 16, 2020

Vanna underwent mobility restoring spine surgery.

Vanna’s procedure was successful. He will continue to receive daily dressings for two weeks, at which point he will be able to start a physiotherapy program. This will help him build up strength so that he can return to walking normally. Once he has fully recovered, he will no longer experience any back pain or numbness in his legs. He will be able to do all of his daily activities independently.

Vanna said, “My back feels so great, and I can already walk better. When I am healed, I hope I can work more in my vegetable garden with my grandchildren, and teach them how to take care of the plants.”

Vanna's procedure was successful. He will continue to receive daily dressings for two weeks, at which point he will be able to start a physi...

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August 6, 2020

Vanna is a 64-year-old government employee. He and his wife have six children together, all of whom are grown and started their own families. His wife was a rice farmer, but recently retired. He reads a lot of books, and has started to collect books to give to his grandchildren. He also enjoys watching news on TV.

Vanna has had chronic back pain for over ten years. He has managed the pain with painkillers and light exercise, but recently it started to get worse. He experiences numbness in his legs, and has difficulty sitting and standing.

He came to Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) on recommendation from a friend, and has been diagnosed with lumbar stenosis, a condition in which spinal nerves are pressured by the bone. Doctors will perform a laminectomy in order to relieve that pressure. This will allow him to walk easily with out pain. Now, CSC needs your help to fund this $1,027 procedure.

Vanna shared, “I can’t imagine life without back pain, so I am simply excited to feel what it will feel like when the surgery is done.”

Vanna is a 64-year-old government employee. He and his wife have six children together, all of whom are grown and started their own families...

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Vanna's Timeline

  • August 6, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 6, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vanna 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.

  • August 7, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vanna's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 16, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vanna's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 1, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vanna's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

Treatment
Spinal Surgery (without implants)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,027 for Vanna's treatment
Hospital Fees
$171
Medical Staff
$808
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 experiencing severe back pain may also experience fever and chills, unexplained weight loss, sudden bowel and/or bladder incontinence, and severe, continuous abdominal pain. Often, pain, numbness, or weakness is also felt in the arms and legs.

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

Patients with severe back pain experience difficulty walking, sleeping, sitting, riding a motorcycle, working, going to school, and carrying out everyday tasks. If the pain affects a patient's ability to work or go to school, the patient will be unable to earn money to support his or her family or continue his or her education. Patients may experience discomfort and difficulty breathing.

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

Cambodian culture emphasizes the importance of working hard and earning money to support the family. When a patient is unable to work, he or she may feel helpless or may experience financial difficulty.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Spinal surgeries are generally classified as decompression or fusion. Decompression surgeries are performed to relieve pressure on a spinal nerve, and involve removal of a disc or of bone that presses on the spinal nerve in order to relieve this pressure. Common decompression surgeries are discectomy and laminectomy. Fusion surgeries are performed to stabilize the spine and relieve pain. There are various methods of fusion surgeries; in those performed without hardware, two or more vertebrae are fused together by inserting a bone graft, which helps bone grow and eliminates motion between the fused vertebrae.

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

The patient will be able to work or go to school without pain.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

As with any operation, there are potential risks associated with spinal surgery. These include: Infection: Antibiotics are regularly given to the patient before, during, and after surgery to lessen the risk of infection. Bleeding: A certain amount of bleeding is expected, but this is not typically significant. Pain at bone graft site: A small percentage of patients will experience persistent pain at the bone graft site. Recurring symptoms: Some patients may experience a recurrence of their original symptoms. Nerve damage: It is possible that the nerves or blood vessels may be injured during these operations. These complications are very rare. Blood clots: Another uncommon complication is the formation of blood clots in the legs.

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

Spinal surgery is not widely offered in Cambodia, especially for low-income patients who cannot afford treatment. Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) provides this procedure free of charge. Patients travel to CSC by bus, taxi, or motorbike from all over Cambodia.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients that do not seek a surgical procedure may try exercises and medication. However, these forms of treatment may not be effective.

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Tean

Tean is a 33-year-old garment factory worker. She is married with a son and a daughter, and her husband is a security guard. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the factory where she was employed has been closed for over three months. It has been difficult to find other work, but she has enjoyed being able to spend more time with her children. She loves reading stories to them, as well as going for walks by herself and listening to music. Three years ago, Tean developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her severe irritation, occasional pain, and tearing. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Tean learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for six hours with her sister seeking treatment. Tean needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $216 which covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for May 14th. Tean shared, "I am happy I can get this surgery, and I hope that I will not have eye pain or irritation anymore. When my factory opens again I will be able to work easily and enjoy my time with my family."

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