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Success! Sean from Cambodia raised $465 to fund fracture repair surgery.

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Sean's treatment was fully funded on July 25, 2021.

Photo of Sean post-operation

June 22, 2021

Sean underwent fracture repair surgery and is heading back to work.

Sean will no longer have stiffness and pain in his right hand after surgeons repaired his fracture. While at our medical partner CSC, he started on a physiotherapy plan to regain strength and flexion of his hand. He is feeling very happy to no longer have pain or stiffness. Sean can now return to work to support his growing family.

His family said they are thankful to the staff for the success of the operation and the skill of the surgeons and staff. Sean will be more independent and will have a better life after his treatment.

Sean will no longer have stiffness and pain in his right hand after surgeons repaired his fracture. While at our medical partner CSC, he sta...

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May 7, 2021

Sean is a 31-year-old food seller–he and his wife were married eight months ago. Sean’s wife is a rice farmer and is currently pregnant with their first child. They live with his parents who are retired and stay at home.

On March 7th, Sean was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture on his right hand. After the accident, his parents took him to a provincial hospital where he received wound sutures and a splint for his right middle and index fingers, however this did not heal his fracture and he still experiences stiffness, pain, and can not use his right hand.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On May 7th, Sean will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will help him regain use of his hand.

Sean shared, “I hope I can use my hand again after surgery so I can return to selling food and earn more to support my young family and our baby who is arriving soon.”

Sean is a 31-year-old food seller--he and his wife were married eight months ago. Sean's wife is a rice farmer and is currently pregnant wit...

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Sean's Timeline

  • May 7, 2021

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

  • May 7, 2021

    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.

  • May 8, 2021

    Sean's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 22, 2021

    Sean's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 25, 2021

    Sean's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $465 for Sean'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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