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Success! Sakana from Cambodia raised $304 to fund hardware removal surgery on her leg.

Sakana
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  • $304 raised, $0 to go
$304
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$0
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Fully funded
Sakana's treatment was fully funded on October 27, 2022.

Photo of Sakana post-operation

November 11, 2022

Sakana underwent a hardware removal surgery on her leg.

Sakana had her surgical procedure by orthopedic surgeons to remove the hardware from her right femur. The hardware was challenging for her, and she is relieved it is gone. She rested in the hospital for several days and spent time with the physiotherapist who gave her exercises to regain strength in her leg. She is now happy to be home and resume her work in the fields and her other favorite activities.

Sakana’s husband shared, “Thank you for all the help to help Sakana recover after her accident. She was anxious to have the metal removed and now she can help me to grow potatoes again. We feel very lucky.”

Sakana had her surgical procedure by orthopedic surgeons to remove the hardware from her right femur. The hardware was challenging for her, ...

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May 12, 2022

Sakana is a 20-year-old farmer who enjoys cooking, watching Thai movies, listening to music and taking walks with her husband. She has been married to her husband for two years, and both work as potato farmers to earn a living.

In November of 2019, Sakana was in a motor vehicle accident, which resulted in the fracturing of her right femur. After the accident, she underwent surgery at a local government hospital, which entailed the insertion of nails to repair the fracture. Now, nearly three years later, the bone is completely healed and Sakana needs to have the metal hardware removed from her femur.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On May 12th, Sakana will undergo a hardware removal procedure at our medical partner’s care center Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. Sakana was able to contribute $100 towards her treatment. With this procedure, Sakana will be able to complete her rehabilitation and resume her normal activities without discomfort.

Sakana said, “I hope the surgery will be easy and my leg will heal quickly.”

Sakana is a 20-year-old farmer who enjoys cooking, watching Thai movies, listening to music and taking walks with her husband. She has been ...

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Sakana's Timeline

  • May 12, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 12, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sakana 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 16, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sakana's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 27, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sakana's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 11, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sakana's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $304 for Sakana'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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Emily is a newborn baby from Kenya. She is the third born in a family of three children. Her mother is a stay-at-home mum to help raise their kids and their family relies on their father's to provide for their needs. Her father does small-scale farming and other casual jobs like ploughing farms for people. Emily has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Emily has been experiencing an increasing head circumference since she was two months old. Her parents thought it would stop and she would grow healthier, but it did not. Her parents took Emily to a hospital in Narok town where she was examined and immediately referred to Bethanykids hospital's specialist team for treatment. On arrival, she was examined, diagnosed with hydrocephalus and sent for a scan. The family did not have money to cater for the CT scan and opted to go back home and have the scan done when they got money. Luckily, a neighbor lent them money for the CT scan, which was done, and they were able to bring back the results. She is now scheduled for surgery as soon as possible to protect her brain from being damaged by the excess fluid in the head. Without treatment, Emily will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Her family does not have medical insurance coverage and cannot raise the required amount of money to cater for the hospital bill. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $720 to cover the cost of surgery for Emily that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 2nd and will drain the excess fluid from Emily's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Emily will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Emily’s father says, “I always try to see things from a positive side, and I know that God will avail the required healing for our daughter.”

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