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Sokcheat is a 46 year old widow and vegetable seller from Cambodia who needs $304 to fund fracture hardware removal surgery.

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October 20, 2022

Sokcheat is a 46-year-old widow living in Cambodia. Her 17-year-old son is in grade 12, while her 18-year-old daughter is studying accounting at the university. Her husband died several years ago, due to a chronic illness. Sokcheat supports her family by selling vegetables at the local market in Kratie province. She shared that her earnings are meager, and that she struggles to maintain her children at school.

In 2021, Sokcheat was in a motor vehicle collision, which resulted in her fracturing her left ankle. She was treated at an emergency clinic, where doctors placed hardware in her leg, in order to stabilize the fracture so that it would heal properly. The bone has healed, but due to the hardware, Sokcheat has difficulty walking, and is unable to work.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On October 20th, Sokcheat will undergo a hardware removal procedure at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, which should enable her to walk easily and to return to work. Now she needs your help to raise $304 to cover the cost of this procedure.

Sokcheat shared: “I hope the pain in my left leg will go away, so I can walk and work more to support my children’s education.”

Sokcheat is a 46-year-old widow living in Cambodia. Her 17-year-old son is in grade 12, while her 18-year-old daughter is studying accounti...

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Sokcheat's Timeline

  • October 20, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 20, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Sokcheat was scheduled to receive 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.

  • October 21, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sokcheat's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Sokcheat is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Sokcheat's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $304 for Sokcheat's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$217
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
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 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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James

James is a 63yr old man from Elgeyo Marakwet County in Kenya. He is married and has eight children - some of still in high school while others are married. Formerly, James worked in the forestry department for twenty years and he managed to educate his children as he used to earn a salary. Currently he is a farmer who plants maize, millet and sorghum in his small piece of land for consumption and sale. He has been able to get his basic needs and that of his family through the sale of farm produce. He has no medical coverage or insurance at the moment. Recently, James fell down and rolled down a hill when he was attempting to move his cow. He is in a lot of pain, unable to use both legs. The timing of his injury is unfortunate, because he needs to tend to his farm. He has nothing that can enable him get funds at the moment. Two of his sons managed to get ksh 10,000 which is not even a quarter of the required amount for his procedure. James has suffered fractures around both his knee joints, and they require special attention so that they may not damage the articular cartilage. He needs an urgent procedure on one of his limbs, which will also enable him undergo the surgery he needs on his other leg more quickly as well. The finance issue is barring him from getting his surgery. He is now appealing to all well-wishers for help in order to get his surgery done. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On December 7th, James will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. He will no longer be in pain, and will be able to walk, work and provide for his family. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,145 to fund this procedure. James says, “I am in so much pain. I cannot imagine that I am not able to walk and do things on my own. I don’t regret anything, I just thank God who protected my life. Kindly help me so that I may not become a burden to my children.”

57% funded

57%funded
$654raised
$491to go

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