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Success! Sam Ang from Cambodia raised $143 to fund hardware removal surgery.

Sam Ang
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  • $143 raised, $0 to go
$143
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sam Ang's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Sam Ang post-operation

July 18, 2017

Sam Ang underwent hardware removal surgery.

Both of Sam Ang’s femurs were fractured and he previously had an ORIF procedure, fixating hardware on each side. His treatment at CSC went well. Surgeons removed the hardware from both of his femurs. Following the procedure, he was given pain medication and he had physiotherapy at CSC before being discharged. His wounds have healed nicely and he does not experience any pain. Sam Ang is now able to walk more easily than before.

Sam Ang says, “I’m happy that I had the surgery. I feel better now and I can walk better too. Thanks to the staff for helping me. I plan to go back to work.”

Both of Sam Ang's femurs were fractured and he previously had an ORIF procedure, fixating hardware on each side. His treatment at CSC went w...

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June 5, 2017

Meet Sam Ang, a 28-year-old father and husband who works in construction. In his free time, Sam Ang enjoys listening to the news, playing pop music, and watching TV.

One year ago, Sam Ang was in a motor vehicle accident that fractured his left femur and tibia. After the accident, a private clinic in his province performed a procedure on Sam Ang, fixating hardware to heal his fractures. Sam Ang still experiences pain, and he has trouble walking.

Sam Ang heard about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), from his neighbor. His sister traveled two hours with him to receive additional treatment. The doctors at CSC will remove the hardware to decrease Sam Ang’s pain and increase his mobility.

The procedure will happen on June 5, and CSC is requesting $143 so that Sam Ang can return to work without discomfort and provide for his young son.

Meet Sam Ang, a 28-year-old father and husband who works in construction. In his free time, Sam Ang enjoys listening to the news, playing po...

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Sam Ang's Timeline

  • June 5, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sam Ang was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • June 5, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sam Ang 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 13, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sam Ang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 18, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sam Ang's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sam Ang's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $143 for Sam Ang's treatment
Hospital Fees
$49
Medical Staff
$81
Medication
$5
Supplies
$8
  • 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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