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Success! Lo from Cambodia raised $465 to fund a fracture repair so she can use her arm.

Lo
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  • $465 raised, $0 to go
$465
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Lo's treatment was fully funded on September 11, 2021.

Photo of Lo post-operation

July 12, 2021

Lo underwent a fracture repair so she can use her arm.

After a successful procedure to repair her fracture, Lo will continue physiotherapy recovery activities in the hospital and at home for the next few weeks as her arm heals. Her swelling and pain have greatly decreased, and she is hopeful that she will be able to use her arm normally now. Lo’s family is thrilled that she is improving and can now manage the house, cooking, and caring for her family.

Lo herself says, “I’m very satisfied after the surgery. My pain is gone, I will be able to use my arm, and help to feed my family.”

After a successful procedure to repair her fracture, Lo will continue physiotherapy recovery activities in the hospital and at home for the ...

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May 27, 2021

Lo is a 41-year-old rice farmer and married with one son and one daughter. Lo’s daughter is in 7th grade, and her son has just finished school and works as a farmer. In her free time, Lo enjoys watching TV, sewing, cooking, and taking care of her children.

On March 3rd, Lo slipped and fell, fracturing her left elbow. At first, she received traditional Khmer treatment in the form of a bamboo splint, but her arm did not heal. Now, it is difficult for her to use her arm and she experiences swelling and chronic pain when she attempts to move or flex it.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On May 27th, Lo will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will help her use her arm easily again.

Lo shared, “I am thankful that I can return home and be healed after surgery. This will allow me to farm again and feed the chickens.”

Lo is a 41-year-old rice farmer and married with one son and one daughter. Lo's daughter is in 7th grade, and her son has just finished scho...

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Lo's Timeline

  • May 27, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 27, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lo 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.

  • June 1, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 12, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lo's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 11, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lo's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $465 for Lo's treatment
Hospital Fees
$65
Medical Staff
$311
Medication
$0
Supplies
$81
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 in need of open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) surgeries experience painful fractures or recurrent dislocations. Usually, these injuries result from traffic accidents or other trauma injuries.

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

Living with an abnormal or deformed bone limits function and can interfere with daily activities. It is also extremely painful.

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

Due to lack of helmet usage and weak enforcement of traffic laws, there is a high rate of traffic accidents in Cambodia. This causes many of the fractures and bone dislocations our medical partner sees.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The deformed or abnormal bone is broken and correctly aligned, and any fragments are fixed. Following the realignment of the bone, metal plates, pins, rods, wires, or screws are attached to the bone for stabilization as the internal fixation.

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

Patients will experience restored function and mobility and reduced pain. Patients regain independence and return to work, school, and family life.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Complications from this surgery are rare but include infection, nerve damage, blood clots, and tissue irritation from the hardware.

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 hospital treatment. Many patients are referred to CSC by word of mouth.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There is no alternative care for this treatment.

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