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Success! South from Cambodia raised $304 to fund hardware removal for her fractured leg.

South
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  • $304 raised, $0 to go
$304
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
South's treatment was fully funded on January 28, 2023.
October 7, 2022

South is a 75-year-old retired farmer, who has two sons, three daughters, and numerous grandchildren. South, who is a widow, lives with her youngest daughter, where her children still farm their family’s ancestral land.

In May 2020, South was in a motor vehicle collision, and fractured her right kneecap. At the local government hospital, surgery was performed, and hardware was placed to stabilize South’s kneecap, so that it would heal properly. She is able to walk again without pain or difficulty, but she needs to have the hardware removed from her leg.

South turned to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, for help. She is now scheduled to have the hardware surgically removed on October 7th, at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. South needs your help to raise the $304 required to cover the cost of this procedure, which will restore full range of motion to her knee and eliminate the risk of future infection.

South shared: “I hope my right leg won’t be stiff anymore and I can go back home soon.”

South is a 75-year-old retired farmer, who has two sons, three daughters, and numerous grandchildren. South, who is a widow, lives with her...

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South's Timeline

  • October 7, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 7, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    South 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 10, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    South's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 28, 2023
    FULLY FUNDED

    South's treatment was fully funded.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

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

Irenea is a 60-year woman from the Philippines. She takes care of her grandchildren and helps with household chores. Her daughter, a vendor, and her son-in-law, a baker, support the family financially. In February 2022, Irenea began to experience troubling symptoms, including intermittent fever and episodes of blood in the urine. She sought a medical checkup and underwent an ultrasound test. The test revealed that she was suffering from gallstones. She opted to take medicine in the hopes that it would cure her condition. Unfortunately, her condition seemed to worsen over time. Irenea has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, her symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), Irenea is scheduled to undergo a cholecystectomy on December 16th. A portion of the cost of the procedure is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and WSFP is raising the remaining $826 to cover the cost of Irenea's surgery and care. "This treatment is almost impossible for our mother to receive. Our financial resources are insufficient, so we're incapable to pay for her hospital bill," Irenea's daughter shared tearfully. "To WATSI and World Surgical Foundation Philippines, thank you for this early Christmas gift! Our family is so happy to be one of your beneficiaries," she added.

46% funded

46%funded
$387raised
$439to go

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