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Success! Sophanha from Cambodia raised $230 to fund fracture repair surgery.

Sophanha
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$230
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$0
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Fully funded
Sophanha's treatment was fully funded on March 30, 2021.

Photo of Sophanha post-operation

March 26, 2021

Sophanha underwent fracture repair surgery.

Sophanha had smooth and successful surgery to remove hardware from his old fracture, and he has been spending every day with the physiotherapy team to ensure that function and mobility in his forearm and tibia improve. He’s looking forward to being able to get back to his work as a mechanic. Surgery has relieved Sophanha of his pain, and the surgical team looks forward to seeing him again in three months for a follow-up appointment.

Sophanha shared, “I feel comfortable after all the hardware is removed. This will help me in the future, because I am working again, walking well, no pain, and can enjoy sports and support my family.”

Sophanha had smooth and successful surgery to remove hardware from his old fracture, and he has been spending every day with the physiothera...

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January 13, 2021

Sophanha is a 25-year-old motor mechanic. He has been married for 2 years and they have a 6-month-old son. His wife is a factory worker, and they live with his parents. In his free time, he likes to exercise, play games, listen to music, and help his wife around the house.

Sophanha had an accident in 2019 which left him with a fracture on his left forearm and left tibia. After the accident, his family took him to a government hospital for treatment where surgeons inserted a plate, nail, and screws. He was hospitalized for 15 days. The fractures have healed but he still experiences pain in his left leg.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On January 14th, Sophanha will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will remove all the hardware from his original surgery so that he no longer has pain and can have full movement again, while also minimizing the risk of infection..

Sophanha said, “I hope the hardware will be removed safely. I want to walk without pain anymore.”

Sophanha is a 25-year-old motor mechanic. He has been married for 2 years and they have a 6-month-old son. His wife is a factory worker, and...

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Sophanha's Timeline

  • January 13, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 14, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sophanha 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 14, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sophanha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 26, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sophanha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 30, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sophanha's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

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