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Vichhai is a man from Cambodia who needs $480 to fund ankle surgery.

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July 9, 2019

Vichhai is a 31-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. In his free time he likes to go on walks with his family, watch television, feed the animals, and help his family with the work around the house.

In March 2019, Vichhai suffered injuries to his right ankle resulting from an accident at work. He is unable to walk without support and often experiences pain.

When Vichhai learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for over ten hours seeking treatment. On July 10, surgeons at CSC will perform a joint arthrodesis procedure to fuse his right ankle and will help him walk again without difficulty. Now, Vichhai needs help to fund this $480 procedure.

He says, “I hope that after my surgery, I will have no pain and can walk again and return to work.”

Vichhai is a 31-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. In his free time he likes to go on walks with his family, watch television, feed the ani...

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Vichhai's Timeline

  • July 9, 2019

    Vichhai was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • July 10, 2019

    Vichhai 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.

  • July 10, 2019

    Vichhai's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 09, 2019

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


    Vichhai is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Joint Arthrodesis
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $480 for Vichhai'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?

Arthrodesis is the abolition and fusion of a joint via surgical means. For example, the knee joint is obliterated to join the femur to the tibia. This is done to relieve intractable pain that cannot be managed by pain medication, splints, or other treatments. The typical causes of such pain are fractures, severe sprains, infections, and arthritis. Arthrodesis is most commonly performed on joints in the spine, hand, ankle, and foot. This procedure can also be performed on the shoulder, knee, or wrist.

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

Any painful joint can impair normal function. Moving the legs, arms, or spine may be acutely painful and disabling.

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

Patients in Cambodia often neglect pain and other symptoms far longer than patients in America, so their cases become more complex.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

There are a number of joint arthrodesis surgeries that a patient might undergo. The patient will be examined, and doctors will create a treatment plan for the affected joint.

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

The patient will be rendered pain-free. Of course, the patient will experience limited function in this joint.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Surgery performed on the limbs is not risky. However, spinal fusion procedures can entail a lot of blood loss and are inherently more risky.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Joint arthrodesis is not widely available in Cambodia, as there are only a handful of doctors in the country that perform fusions. Usually, people experience months or years of pain before the joint fuses itself or they manage to find a surgeon to treat it appropriately.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The alternatives to surgery are bracing or splinting, but these are temporary measures.

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