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Success! Sean from Cambodia raised $304 to fund surgery on his fractured hand.

Sean
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  • $304 raised, $0 to go
$304
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sean's treatment was fully funded on December 28, 2022.

Photo of Sean post-operation

January 4, 2023

Sean underwent surgery on his fractured hand.

Sean welcomed the advice of his neighbor and traveled for three and a half hours to get help for his fractured forearm. He rested at the hospital for several days to make sure he was healing well, and then was able to make the trip back home. He has been working with doctors to increase the strength in his arm and he can now return to the activities he enjoyed before he was injured. Having full use of his arm again will allow him to dress himself and be more independent.

Sean’s wife said: “I’m so happy to see my husband doing better. We are glad his arm has healed. We hope his knee will heal as well, so he can walk to visit his friends soon too. Thank you to the CSC staff and the people who helped.”

Sean welcomed the advice of his neighbor and traveled for three and a half hours to get help for his fractured forearm. He rested at the hos...

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September 7, 2022

Sean is a 74-year-old retired commune chief from a village in Cambodia. He is married, and has one son and three daughters. Sean enjoys listening to news on the radio, and sitting and talking about current events with friends.

In February, Sean was in a motor vehicle accident, and fractured his right hand. He went to the local government hospital seeking care, and doctors placed hardware in his arm to help heal his fracture. Now the bone is healed, and the hardware is painful and needs to be removed.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On September 7th, Sean will undergo a hardware removal procedure at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, which will cost $304. Children’s Surgical Centre is seeking help to fund Sean’s procedure.

Sean says: “I hope I have no more pain and I can recover well.”

Sean is a 74-year-old retired commune chief from a village in Cambodia. He is married, and has one son and three daughters. Sean enjoys list...

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Sean's Timeline

  • September 7, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 7, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sean 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.

  • September 9, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sean's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 28, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sean's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 4, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sean's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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