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Success! Pheap from Cambodia raised $465 to fund leg surgery.

Pheap
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  • $465 raised, $0 to go
$465
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Pheap's treatment was fully funded on June 30, 2020.

Photo of Pheap post-operation

July 2, 2020

Pheap underwent leg surgery.

Pheap’s surgery was successful. His left leg was lengthened, his wound is healing normally, and he will soon start a physiotherapy program to ensure proper strengthening. For now, he will need to use a wheelchair, but after fully recovering Pheap’s legs will be equal in length and strength. He will be able to run and jump normally, and will have increased confidence in his physical abilities.

Pheap’s mother shared, “I was very worried about this surgery, but my son is healthy now and his outcome is really good. His leg is longer and he feels no pain. I am excited to see him run and play sports with his friends.”

Pheap's surgery was successful. His left leg was lengthened, his wound is healing normally, and he will soon start a physiotherapy program t...

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June 3, 2020

Pheap is an eight-year-old primary school student from Cambodia. His parents are farmers, and he is the oldest of three siblings. He practices reading everyday so that he can do well in school, but he doesn’t yet know what he wants to be when he grows up. He loves to eat fried noodles at lunchtime.

When he was four years old, he got a fever and was treated at a private clinic. The doctors there determined he had bone tuberculosis and performed an osteotomy to remove part of his left femur. His left leg is now shorter than his right. Pheap has trouble will physical activities such as running or bike riding, feeling pain and weakness in his left leg. His condition also affects his self confidence when interacting with other children.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On June 3rd, Pheap will undergo a procedure on his left leg, which will cost $465. After recovering, his leg will experience less pain and will be prepared for lengthening.

Pheap said, “I hope that my leg will be less painful after surgery, and I hope that soon I will be able to run normally.”

Pheap is an eight-year-old primary school student from Cambodia. His parents are farmers, and he is the oldest of three siblings. He practic...

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Pheap's Timeline

  • June 3, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 03, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Pheap 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

    Pheap's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 30, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Pheap's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 02, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Pheap's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

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