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Success! Monika from Cambodia raised $483 to fund fracture repair surgery so she can use her hand again.

Monika
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  • $483 raised, $0 to go
$483
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Monika's treatment was fully funded on August 17, 2022.

Photo of Monika post-operation

September 6, 2022

Monika underwent fracture repair surgery so she can use her hand again.

Monika and her parents traveled an hour and a half to reach our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre for her procedure. Surgeons repaired her fracture and placed a cast on her arm to hold the bone in place and support healing. She rested for several days at the hospital, then returned home. She will keep the cast on for about four weeks, then return to the hospital to remove it. When her cast is removed, she will be able to use her arm and hand for everyday activities again.

Monika’s father said: “Thank you so much for taking care of my little girl. She is happier now, has very little pain, and looks forward to going to school. Thank you to the donors and the CSC staff for all you have done for her.”

Monika and her parents traveled an hour and a half to reach our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre for her procedure. Surgeons repai...

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April 18, 2022

Monika is a five-year-old student and the oldest child in her family. She just started the first grade. When she is not at school, Monika likes to play with other children around her house.

In April, Monika was playing with friends and tripped causing a fracture of her left forearm. This injury has left Monika’s arm red and swollen and has made it difficult for her to dress and feed herself.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), can help. On April 18th, Monika will undergo a fracture repair procedure and CSC is helping Monika and her family raise $483 to cover the cost of the surgery. This procedure will repair Monika’s forearm, and she will be able to use her hand again.

Her mother said, “I hope this surgery can fix her arm and she can return to school. It is hard to see her cry every day.”

Monika is a five-year-old student and the oldest child in her family. She just started the first grade. When she is not at school, Monika li...

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Monika's Timeline

  • April 18, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 18, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Monika 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.

  • April 20, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Monika's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 17, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Monika's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 6, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Monika's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $483 for Monika's treatment
Hospital Fees
$70
Medical Staff
$318
Medication
$0
Supplies
$87
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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