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Success! Sinith from Cambodia raised $230 to fund hardware removal from his elbow.

Sinith
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  • $230 raised, $0 to go
$230
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Sinith's treatment was fully funded on December 30, 2020.

Photo of Sinith post-operation

January 3, 2021

Sinith underwent hardware removal from his elbow.

Sinith had his original surgery a year ago, and now that his bones are healed, he needs to have the hardware placed on the fracture removed in order to avoid future infections. He had two screws, a nail, pins and wires removed at Watsi’s Medical Partner CSC. He spent a few days in the hospital, and now can use his hand and move without difficulty. He is happy to be able to return to normal function without pain.

“I am glad the doctors were able to help me, and that I am no longer in pain. I look forward to studying in school and helping my family.”

Sinith had his original surgery a year ago, and now that his bones are healed, he needs to have the hardware placed on the fracture removed ...

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October 15, 2020

Sinith is an 18-year-old 12th grade student from Cambodia. He has three brothers and one sister who are all in school. Sinith’s dad is a teacher. In his free time, he enjoys exercising, reading books, making study groups with his friends, listening to music, and spending time with his family.

In November 2019, Sinith was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture of his right femur and elbow. He underwent an open reduction internal fixation surgery at a local hospital to heal the fractures. There is a nail in his right femur and k-wire in his right elbow from these earlier surgeries. Now, the bones are healed and he does not have an infection. To prevent future complications like infection or pain, he must have the hardware removed.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On October 15th, Sinith will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will remove the nail from his femur and hard wire from his elbow.

Sinith shared, “I hope my surgery goes well and I can return home soon once healed.”

Sinith is an 18-year-old 12th grade student from Cambodia. He has three brothers and one sister who are all in school. Sinith's dad is a tea...

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Sinith's Timeline

  • October 15, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 15, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sinith 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.

  • October 16, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sinith's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 30, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sinith's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 3, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sinith's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $230 for Sinith'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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