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Success! Yoeun from Cambodia raised $214 to fund fracture hardware removal treatment.

Yoeun
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  • $214 raised, $0 to go
$214
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Yoeun's treatment was fully funded on February 20, 2020.

Photo of Yoeun post-operation

December 26, 2019

Yoeun underwent fracture hardware removal.

Yoeun’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 Yoeun to greatly improve his quality of life and allow him to walk and return to his activities without pain.

“I am so happy that my leg no longer has any pain and that I can walk again,” he said.

Yoeun'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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December 12, 2019

Yoeun is a fifth grade student from Cambodia. He has three sisters, three brothers, and enjoys playing soccer, watching television, and feeding the chickens nearby his house.

In August 2016, Yoeun was is a severe motorcycle accident and fractured his right leg. He received treatment at a local hospital, where the doctors fixated internal hardware to help his fracture heal in alignment. Now, the fracture has healed but the hardware causes him pain and discomfort.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On December 13th, Yoeun will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $214. Surgery will remove the hardware and relieve Yoeun’s pain and allow him to walk again without difficulty.

“I hope that the surgery will go well and my son will feel better again and I won’t have to worry about his injuries anymore.”-Yoeun’s Mother

Yoeun is a fifth grade student from Cambodia. He has three sisters, three brothers, and enjoys playing soccer, watching television, and feed...

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Yoeun's Timeline

  • December 12, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 13, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yoeun 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.

  • December 16, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yoeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 26, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yoeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 20, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yoeun's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $214 for Yoeun'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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