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Success! Koemsal from Cambodia raised $230 to fund foot surgery so he can walk easily again.

Koemsal
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  • $230 raised, $0 to go
$230
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Koemsal's treatment was fully funded on February 13, 2022.

Photo of Koemsal post-operation

March 3, 2022

Koemsal underwent foot surgery so he can walk easily again.

Koemsal’s surgery to heal his foot was a success! Koemsal had a quick surgical procedure to remove the hardware that was left behind from a previous surgery to correct his foot fracture and he has finally healed. He will now undergo a short period of antibiotics to reduce the chance of infection, and begin physiotherapy to gain strength and improve flexion in his foot. He hopes to be able to place weight on his foot soon, and to return to selling at the market to support his family once his incision has healed.

Koemsal said: “Thank you to all who donated to help me have this surgery. My leg can heal completely and I can return to work to support my family and have a good life.”

Koemsal's surgery to heal his foot was a success! Koemsal had a quick surgical procedure to remove the hardware that was left behind from a ...

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January 5, 2022

Koemsal is a 25-year-old married father. He and his wife are sellers in the local market. They sell soft drinks, snacks and fresh fruit. They have a very active 2-year-old daughter, who keeps them very busy since she learned to walk. In his free time, Koemsal likes to play football or volleyball with his friends.

Koemsal was in a motorcycle accident in March 2019; he suffered an open fracture of his right foot. A local hospital applied screws and a plate to repair the fracture, which never healed properly, and became infected. Over the past two years, his foot has slowly healed, but he has chronic pain and is unable to place weight on his foot. This makes it difficult for him to work or help his wife with their child. He shared that he feels poorly most of the time and ashamed that he is unable to support his family.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On January 5th, Koemsal will undergo surgery which will cost $230. This treatment will allow his foot to heal completely so that he can walk normally again.

He told us, “I hope that when the metal is removed from my foot, it will heal and I can work again to support my family.”

Koemsal is a 25-year-old married father. He and his wife are sellers in the local market. They sell soft drinks, snacks and fresh fruit. The...

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Koemsal's Timeline

  • January 5, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Koemsal was submitted by Ellen Interlandi, Volunteer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • January 5, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Koemsal 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.

  • January 7, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Koemsal's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 13, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Koemsal's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 3, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Koemsal's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $230 for Koemsal's treatment
Hospital Fees
$35
Medical Staff
$147
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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