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Success! Vorn from Cambodia raised $412 to fund shoulder surgery so he can use his arm again.

Vorn
100%
  • $412 raised, $0 to go
$412
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Vorn's treatment was fully funded on December 6, 2021.

Photo of Vorn post-operation

December 14, 2021

Vorn underwent shoulder surgery so he can use his arm again.

Vorn traveled to our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre with the hope that his shoulder would return to normal following surgery. Vorn’s surgery was successful and all went as planned. He’s now back home and recovering well. Once his shoulder fully heals, he will be able to travel again, and return to farming to feed his family.

Vorn’s son said: “We’re so happy that surgeons were able to fix my father’s shoulder. It was very hard for him to rely on others, and this surgery will help him be more independent and work again.”

Vorn traveled to our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre with the hope that his shoulder would return to normal following surgery. Vo...

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August 27, 2021

Vorn is a 56-year-old hardworking man. He and his wife are seasonal farmers. They have four sons who have all moved away and started families, but they still visit often. Vorn and his wife also have six grandchildren. When he is not working, he loves to visit his sons, see his grandchildren, go to restaurants with his friends and watch boxing matches on TV.

Seven months ago, Vorn fell down a set of stairs and dislocated his right shoulder. He left the injury untreated for several months, and now his shoulder has become swollen, painful, and difficult to move.

He traveled to visit our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), where, on August 27th, doctors will perform a closed reduction to repair his shoulder. Once he has recovered, the swelling will go down and he will regain full mobility in his shoulder. He will be able to return to work comfortably. Now, he needs help raising $412 to fund the procedure.

Vorn shared, “I hope that I can get back to my job and work without any pain, and help my family around the house. I also want to be able to pick my grandchildren up with out any problem.”

Vorn is a 56-year-old hardworking man. He and his wife are seasonal farmers. They have four sons who have all moved away and started familie...

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Vorn's Timeline

  • August 27, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 27, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vorn 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 30, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 6, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vorn's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 14, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vorn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Reduction Procedure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $412 for Vorn's treatment
Hospital Fees
$65
Medical Staff
$298
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
Labs
$4
Radiology
$5
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A reduction procedure is needed to correct alignment of bones. After a bone fracture, parts of the bone can become displaced or angulated.

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

Living with fractured or misaligned bones can be painful and limits functionality, which can interfere with day-to-day tasks.

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

In Cambodia, road rules are largely unregulated and traffic accidents occur frequently, often causing fractures and bone dislocations.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Reduction procedures are classified as open reduction and closed reduction. In an open reduction, surgery is performed to expose the fracture fragments at the site of the injury and realign the bones. In a closed reduction, bones are reset without surgical exposure.

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

Reduction procedures can greatly improve quality of life by reducing the pain from the fractured bone and allowing mobility and use of it.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Closed reductions have fewer risks than open reductions, as they do not carry the potential complications of any surgical exposure. Risks of closed reduction procedures include injury to nerves or blood vessels near the affected bone and blood clot formation. In addition to these, risks of open reduction also include infection and stiffness.

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

Reduction procedures, especially those that require surgeries, are not easily accessed or afforded by many Cambodians. Patients will travel for many hours to reach CSC for free surgical treatment.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

For patients in need of reduction procedures to reset a misaligned bone, few alternatives exist. Traditional healers are often used, but with unsuccessful results.

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