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Success! Roth from Cambodia raised $230 to fund fracture repair hardware removal.

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Roth's treatment was fully funded on February 14, 2021.

Photo of Roth post-operation

February 15, 2021

Roth underwent fracture repair hardware removal.

Roth was hopeful that her arm surgery would help her be able to use her arm normally again to support her family and care for her children. Her surgery went well and she’s now returned home. Once she fully heals, she would like to go back to her job in the salon with full function of her arm.

Roth told us, “I am grateful that my hand has healed, the hardware is removed, and I am able to go back to work.”

Roth was hopeful that her arm surgery would help her be able to use her arm normally again to support her family and care for her children. ...

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October 15, 2020

Roth is a 30-year-old salon employee from Cambodia. She has been married for four years and has two daughters. Her eldest daughter is in the 5th grade and her younger daughter is not yet in school. Roth’s husband is a farmer. In her free time, Roth enjoys watching TV, listening to music, taking care of her children, and cooking outside with family.

In June 2019, Roth fell and fractured her right forearm. She underwent an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) surgery at a local hospital. Plate screws were put into her forearm bone to heal the fracture. The bone has healed and the hardware needs to be removed so that she does not develop an infection.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On October 15th, Roth will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. The procedure will ensure Roth has no complications in the future due to the hardware such as pain or infection.

Roth said, “I hope my arm is fully healed and I no longer have to worry about any problems.”

Roth is a 30-year-old salon employee from Cambodia. She has been married for four years and has two daughters. Her eldest daughter is in the...

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Roth's Timeline

  • October 15, 2020

    Roth was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • October 15, 2020

    Roth received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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 16, 2020

    Roth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 14, 2021

    Roth's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 15, 2021

    Roth's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $230 for Roth'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 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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Saran is a mother of seven with three sons, four daughters, and seven grandchildren. Saran and her husband are both rice farmers. They also raise cows and pigs, and she enjoys feeding them every day. After each harvest season ends, she and her husband like to plant vegetables to earn extra money. In her free time, Saran likes to watch TV and listen news on the radio. Ten years ago, Saran developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her irritation, itchiness, and a pinkish tissue growth over her eye. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Saran learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours with her husband seeking treatment. Saran needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for February 1st. Saran shared, "I hope that after surgery my eye will look better, and that I will be able to go anywhere without being ashamed about my eye. I look forward to returning to taking care of grandchildren and helping my husband with the farm."

37% funded

$135to go

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