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Eth is a rice farmer from Cambodia who needs $230 to fund fracture repair surgery following an accident.

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September 10, 2020

Eth is a 47-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She and her husband, who have been married for 25 years, both farm rice to earn an income for their family. They have three sons, two daughters, and three grandchildren. She also enjoys watching TV, feeding the chickens, and taking care of her grandchildren.

In April 2018 Eth was in a motor accident that caused a severe fracture of her right femur. She had a nail put in her leg after the accident and her wound and the fracture have healed. Her leg has good function, now the pin needs to be removed. If the nail is left permanently, she could development an infection or lose mobility.

Eth travel six hours with her husband to reach the hospital. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On September 10, Eth will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. After the nail is removed she will not experience any pain and there will not be risk of future infection.

Eth said, “my family is worried about my right leg but they trust the surgeons here and told me come here for my treatment. I hope I will have good result and my leg will be normal and healthy.”

Eth is a 47-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She and her husband, who have been married for 25 years, both farm rice to earn an income for the...

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Eth's Timeline

  • September 10, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Eth was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • September 10, 2020
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Eth was scheduled to receive 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.

  • September 11, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Eth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Eth is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Eth's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

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