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Success! Sorng from Cambodia raised $465 to fund mobility-restoring fracture repair surgery.

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Sorng's treatment was fully funded on March 18, 2021.

Photo of Sorng post-operation

March 22, 2021

Sorng underwent mobility-restoring fracture repair surgery.

Sorng’s procedure went well, and he has a new external fixator device on his fractured femur that will improve healing of the bone. He’ll work with the physical therapy team so that when he heals completely, he will have full range of motion in his leg. In the future, when the bone has healed, Sorng will have the external fixator device removed and he will walk again and be able to return to his work as a driver. The surgical team is looking forward to witnessing his improvements and has scheduled him for a follow-up appointment to check his progress in the coming months.

Sorng's procedure went well, and he has a new external fixator device on his fractured femur that will improve healing of the bone. He'll wo...

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January 5, 2021

Sorng is a 26-year-old driver from Cambodia. He was married two years ago and his wife is a factory-worker. They live with his parents, who are farmers. In addition to driving he also occasionally works on the farm to help his parents. In his free time he loves to exercise, play soccer, and listen to music while he does chores.

Sorng was in a motor vehicle accident a few weeks ago that caused a fracture of his left femur, near the hip socket. His family immediately took him to a government hospital, where he was operated on. He returned home but after 15 days the fracture showed no signs of healing. He cannot walk and is still experiencing pain.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On January 5th, Sorng will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will install a fixation device to repair the fracture, allowing his femur to heal properly.

Sorng said, “I hope that I can soon heal and return to my driving work. I want to help my wife and my parents as soon as possible.”

Sorng is a 26-year-old driver from Cambodia. He was married two years ago and his wife is a factory-worker. They live with his parents, who ...

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Sorng's Timeline

  • January 5, 2021

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

  • January 5, 2021

    Sorng 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.

  • January 6, 2021

    Sorng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 18, 2021

    Sorng's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 22, 2021

    Sorng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $465 for Sorng's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients in need of open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) surgeries experience painful fractures or recurrent dislocations. Usually, these injuries result from traffic accidents or other trauma injuries.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Living with an abnormal or deformed bone limits function and can interfere with daily activities. It is also extremely painful.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Due to lack of helmet usage and weak enforcement of traffic laws, there is a high rate of traffic accidents in Cambodia. This causes many of the fractures and bone dislocations our medical partner sees.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The deformed or abnormal bone is broken and correctly aligned, and any fragments are fixed. Following the realignment of the bone, metal plates, pins, rods, wires, or screws are attached to the bone for stabilization as the internal fixation.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Patients will experience restored function and mobility and reduced pain. Patients regain independence and return to work, school, and family life.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Complications from this surgery are rare but include infection, nerve damage, blood clots, and tissue irritation from the hardware.

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 hospital treatment. Many patients are referred to CSC by word of mouth.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There is no alternative care for this treatment.

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Alex is a social seven-year-old boy and the oldest child in a family of three children. His parents rely on small scale farming for food and other basic needs. Alex has been diagnosed with left varus and right valgus on his legs. When Alex learned to walk, his parents noticed his condition and they thought it would subside as he got older. The larger bone, or tibia, in his left calf is misaligned with the larger bone in his thigh, or femur, while the bone at the knee joint of the right leg is angled out and away from the body's midline. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Alex experiences pain and difficulty in walking. He has not yet joined school, mainly because the only school in his family's village is far from home and he cannot walk all the way there due to his condition. When Alex and his parents visited his grandfather, he was deeply concerned by Alex's condition and brought him to the care center of our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), for treatment. Alex is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on September 10th. Treatment will hopefully restore Alex's mobility, allowing him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decreasing his risk of future complications. Now, AMH, is requesting $880 to fund Alex's surgery. Alex’s grandfather shared, "I felt really bad seeing how my grandson‘s legs have been deformed. I know his parents are not financially stable and neither am I. I remember the team from your hospital that visited our village to educate us on treatable disability and the possibility of him getting treatment and I am hopeful that he will be well. Please help him."

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