Nguon is a 51-year-old factory worker who lives in Cambodia with his wife, three sons, and two daughters. In his free time, he enjoys reading magazines and watching TV news at home.
On July 27, 2016, Nguon fell and fractured his right patella (kneecap). The patella is a small, movable bone at the front of the knee. It acts as a shield for the knee joint and connects muscles from the thigh to the lower leg. Falling directly onto the knee, as Nguon did, is a common cause of patellar fractures.
Now, Nguon is experiencing pain and is unable to walk. He went to a local hospital after his injury, but they could not treat him because he was not accompanied by a relative. Next, he went to another clinic for consultation, and an x-ray showed a fracture of his right patella. At home, he has received only Khmer traditional medicine.
Nguon traveled three hours with his wife to reach Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment. Surgeons at CSC will perform a surgical procedure known as open reduction and internal fixation to reposition and set Nguon’s broken patella to heal the fracture. After the surgery, Nguon will be able to walk normally again without pain.
$405 covers the costs of Nguon’s surgery, a two-week hospital stay, five days of post-operative care (including physical therapy), and six follow-up appointments during the first year after surgery.