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Success! Vandy from Cambodia raised $214 to fund a hardware removal procedure.

Vandy
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$214
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$0
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Fully funded
Vandy's treatment was fully funded on February 21, 2020.

Photo of Vandy post-operation

December 3, 2019

Vandy to undergo a hardware removal procedure.

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

“I am so happy that I can return to school and I am able to walk normally again,” said Vandy.

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

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November 18, 2019

Vandy is a twelfth-grade student from Cambodia. He enjoys playing soccer, listening to music, and hanging out with his friends. He hopes to become a police officer when he gets older.

In June 2019, Vandy was in a severe motorcycle accident that fractured his left leg. He went for treatment at a referral hospital where doctors fixed Vandy with internal hardware to heal his fracture. Now, a nail from the hardware has broken, leaving him with pain and discomfort.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On November 19th, Vandy will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $214. Surgery will remove the hardware and ensure that Vandy can move and walk again with ease and comfort.

Vandy said, “I hope that I will feel better soon and no longer have any pain so I can return to my studies.”

Vandy is a twelfth-grade student from Cambodia. He enjoys playing soccer, listening to music, and hanging out with his friends. He hopes to ...

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Vandy's Timeline

  • November 18, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 19, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vandy 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.

  • November 26, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vandy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 03, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vandy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 21, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vandy's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $214 for Vandy's treatment
Hospital Fees
$34
Medical Staff
$132
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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Babikyengyire

Babikyengyire is the mother of one child who is 7 years old and in first grade at primary school. Her husband died in an accident in 2012. She later managed to buy a piece of land and constructed a three-room semi-permanent house for shelter. A long time ago, in 1989, she thought she was gaining weight with an expanded neck because it was painless. She got married in 2009 and when she got pregnant in 2012, she developed neck pains especially after walking long distances. After delivery, the swelling increased as well as her pain. She is a member of the church choir, but she could no longer sing because it was too painful. Currently, she feels much pain when she wears a mask due to the ongoing COVID-19 regulations in the country. She is hopeful to find a solution from Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Rushoroza Hospital. At Rushoroza, she presented with long-standing history of bi-nodular neck swelling. Thyrotoxicosis, airway obstruction, difficulty in breathing could be the end result if not treated through a thyroidectomy. Babikyengyire is a businesswoman who carries clothes around town to her customers, though she shared that she is finding it challenging now due to her condition. She feels uncomfortable being in public because of her neck swelling. She seeks financial support for her surgery because her small business can hardly raise a fraction of the total surgery charges. Babikyengyire shared, “I pray for a successful surgery. After the surgery, I believe I will be able to travel long distances that will help me reach out to my customers and be able to maximize my business profits.”

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