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Success! Sok Khy from Cambodia raised $304 to fund removal of hardware to heal his fractured leg.

Sok Khy
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  • $304 raised, $0 to go
$304
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sok Khy's treatment was fully funded on October 21, 2022.

Photo of Sok Khy post-operation

November 4, 2022

Sok Khy underwent removal of hardware to heal his fractured leg.

Sok Khy had a successful operation to remove the hardware from his tibia. He worked with the physiotherapist to increase the strength in his leg and he can now return to the activities he needs to do and enjoyed before he was injured. Having full use of his leg again will allow him to work longer hours in the fields and support his family financially.

Sok Khy’s wife said: “I’m so happy to see my husband doing better. We are glad his leg has healed, and it was time to take out the metal nails. He wants to work hard in the fields to help our family. Thank you to the CSC staff and you for helping.”

Sok Khy had a successful operation to remove the hardware from his tibia. He worked with the physiotherapist to increase the strength in his...

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May 10, 2022

Sok Khy is a 22-year-old rice farmer. He and his wife live with his parents who are also rice farmers. In his free time he enjoys playing football, fishing, singing, and helping his family around the house.

He was in a motor vehicle accident in 2017 that caused an opened fracture of his right tibia. He went to a hospital in Vietnam after the accident where a nail was fixated to heal the fracture. Now, the fracture is healed and the nail needs to be removed to prevent future infection and complications.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On May 10th, Sok Khy will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $304. This procedure will allow him to be fully healed and walk easily.

Sok Khy says, “I hope I can recover well after my operation so I can return home and support my family.”

Sok Khy is a 22-year-old rice farmer. He and his wife live with his parents who are also rice farmers. In his free time he enjoys playing fo...

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Sok Khy's Timeline

  • May 10, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 10, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sok Khy 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.

  • May 12, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sok Khy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 21, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sok Khy's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 4, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sok Khy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $304 for Sok Khy'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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