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

  • $230 raised, $0 to go
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Ngoy's treatment was fully funded on November 21, 2020.

Photo of Ngoy post-operation

March 26, 2020

Ngoy underwent fracture repair hardware removal.

Ngoy’s fracture hardware was removed without any complications. Surgeons suggest that Ngoy spend time with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his leg, and he is scheduled for a follow-up appointment again in three months. Overall, Ngoy’s surgery has allowed him to walk without difficulty and he no longer has to worry about his leg injury.

He said, “I am looking forward to returning to my work, and I am so glad that I can now walk again without pain.”

Ngoy's fracture hardware was removed without any complications. Surgeons suggest that Ngoy spend time with the physiotherapy team to improve...

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February 21, 2020

Ngoy is a 28-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has two sons and one daughter. When he has free time, his favorite activities include exercising, watching television, listening to the radio, doing housework, and playing games with his children.

Three years ago, Ngoy was in a motorcycle accident where he fractured his left leg. He received initial treatment at a local hospital where doctors fit Ngoy with hardware that would help his injuries heal. Now, Ngoy is able to walk again and needs the hardware removed.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On February 21st, Ngoy will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This operation will remove the hardware from Ngoy’s leg and allow him to feel comfortable again.

I hope that the nail in my leg will be removed, and I will feel much better again,” he said.

Ngoy is a 28-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has two sons and one daughter. When he has free time, his favorite activities include ex...

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Ngoy's Timeline

  • February 21, 2020

    Ngoy was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • February 21, 2020

    Ngoy 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.

  • February 24, 2020

    Ngoy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 26, 2020

    Ngoy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 21, 2020

    Ngoy's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $230 for Ngoy'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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