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Success! Long from Cambodia raised $411 to fund a dislocation repair.

Long
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  • $411 raised, $0 to go
$411
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Long's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Long post-operation

July 7, 2017

Long underwent a dislocation repair.

Long’s treatment for his right elbow went well. Following the procedure, he was instructed to use a sling for two weeks for support during the healing process. He practiced one week of flexion physiotherapy exercises at CSC before being discharged.

He experiences minimal pain and he is happy. His wounds have healed nicely and there is no swelling. He was instructed to continue his physiotherapy exercises and to start slowly working on extension exercises as well. Long is now able to bend his elbow more easily than before.

Long's treatment for his right elbow went well. Following the procedure, he was instructed to use a sling for two weeks for support during t...

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April 19, 2017

Long is a 17-year-old seventh grade student living in Cambodia with his parents, four brothers, and two sisters. He likes to read books of all kinds, listen to pop music, and watch TV in his free time.

On January 14, 2017, Long fell and dislocated his right elbow. He went to a Khmer traditional healer for treatment, but his symptoms did not improve. Long has been unable to go to school since his injury. His family heard about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), from their neighbor. He and his father traveled to CSC for further treatment recommendations.

Long’s surgeons recommended an open reduction internal fixation procedure to reset Long’s elbow and allow him to use his arm without pain. The total cost of $411 covers medications, supplies, two weeks of inpatient care, and appointments with a physiotherapist. The procedure is scheduled for April 20.

Following his procedure, Long will need to keep his right arm stable for a period of time during recovery. Once recovered, Long will have restored range of motion without pain and will be able to resume school.

Long is a 17-year-old seventh grade student living in Cambodia with his parents, four brothers, and two sisters. He likes to read books of a...

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Long's Timeline

  • April 19, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 20, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Long 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.

  • May 15, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Long's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 7, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Long's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Long's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $411 for Long's treatment
Hospital Fees
$251
Medical Staff
$147
Medication
$5
Supplies
$8
  • 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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