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Success! Sokea from Cambodia raised $230 to fund hardware removal from his left forearm and leg.

Sokea
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  • $230 raised, $0 to go
$230
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sokea's treatment was fully funded on September 16, 2020.

Photo of Sokea post-operation

September 21, 2020

Sokea underwent hardware removal for his fractures.

Our medical partner shared that Sokea’s procedure was successful! He will continue to receive treatment until his wound has fully healed, at which point he will start a program of physiotherapy to ensure he regains a full range of movement. Once he has fully recovered he will be able to use his hand normally, and will no longer experience any pain in his daily activities.

Sokea said, “I do not feel any pain in my arm, and I am happy that the hardware is finally gone. I can heal well now and work with all of my strength.”

Our medical partner shared that Sokea's procedure was successful! He will continue to receive treatment until his wound has fully healed, at...

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August 4, 2020

Sokea is a 20-year-old security guard from Cambodia. He is the youngest of three siblings. His parents are farmers and he lives near them, occasionally helping them out with their farm work. In his free time, he likes listening to classical music, playing video games, reading books and meeting friends.

In September 2018 he was in an accident in which his motorcycle was hit by a car, causing a fracture to his left femur and an injury to his left shoulder. He went to a local hospital and received a surgery in which plates were installed in both his left forearm and left leg. The injuries healed well over time, but Sokea still feels some pain where the hardware was installed, so it must be removed.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On August 4th, Sokea will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will relieve any pain he feels and allow his injuries to fully heal.

Sokea shared, “I am so happy that my injuries healed and I can walk well. After this surgery I will forget about my accident and enjoy my life.”

Sokea is a 20-year-old security guard from Cambodia. He is the youngest of three siblings. His parents are farmers and he lives near them, o...

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Sokea's Timeline

  • August 4, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 04, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sokea 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.

  • August 05, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sokea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 16, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sokea's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 21, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sokea's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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