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Success! Tho from Cambodia raised $465 to fund fracture repair surgery.

Tho
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  • $465 raised, $0 to go
$465
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Tho's treatment was fully funded on December 27, 2020.

Photo of Tho post-operation

July 9, 2020

Tho underwent fracture repair surgery.

Tho’s surgery was successful. The fracture has been corrected and the bone will now heal normally. Her sutures will be removed within two weeks and Tho will return every three months for a followup appointment to check her progress. Tho no longer feels any pain in her leg, and can walk with support of a cane. After fully recovering, she will be strong enough to walk without support and will be able to return to her daily activities.

Tho shared, “My leg feels a lot better and I am able to walk with some support. I want to heal quickly so I can take care of my family and help them with the work we have to do.”

Tho's surgery was successful. The fracture has been corrected and the bone will now heal normally. Her sutures will be removed within two we...

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June 3, 2020

Tho is 47-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She and her husband have four daughters together. Two of her daughters are married, and Tho now has three grandchildren in primary school. She works in the fields with her husband and her two unmarried daughters. She loves to cook, and uses the vegetables from her garden.

Tho was in a motor accident eight years ago, resulting in a fractured left tibia. She went to a provincial hospital to receive treatment, but her fracture never healed correctly. The condition of her leg has deteriorated over time and now she can no longer walk unaided.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On June 3rd, Tho will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. With a successful surgery, the bone will heal properly and she will regain her ability to walk.

Tho said, “After this surgery, I hope that my leg will finally be better, and I will be strong enough to walk by myself. I don’t like to have my family take care of me all the time, so with no more pain, I can help them again.”

Tho is 47-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She and her husband have four daughters together. Two of her daughters are married, and Tho no...

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Tho's Timeline

  • June 3, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 03, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tho 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.

  • June 04, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tho's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 09, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tho's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 27, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tho's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $465 for Tho'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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