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Vey is a farmer from Cambodia who needs $230 to fund a hardware removal surgery on his right leg.

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January 14, 2021

Vey is a 34-year-old farmer from Cambodia. Vey has been married for 14 years and has four children, three sons and one daughter. Two of his children attend school, and the other two are not old enough to attend yet. His wife works with him on their farm. Vey lives with his elderly parents, who help care for their grandchildren. In his free time, he likes to help around the house, spend time with his children, help his wife to cook, watch TV, and meet friends for interesting discussions.

Two months ago, Vey fell and re-injured his right tibia. He is now suffering from pain that radiates down to his ankle. His ankle is swollen, and dorsiflexion (raising his foot upwards toward the shin) is limited. During his first injury, Vey’s family took him to a government hospital for treatment, where doctors secured his tibia by inserting a nail for stability to support healing. The hardware that the government hospital doctors inserted is still in his leg. Now that the bone from the original fracture has healed, the hardware needs to be removed to facilitate healing and minimize the risk of infection.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On January 15th, Vey will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will remove the hardware and be replaced with a cast, which will support healing and help him walk without pain.

Vey shared, “I hope that after surgery, my right leg will be free of pain, the wound will heal, and I can walk without pain.”

Vey is a 34-year-old farmer from Cambodia. Vey has been married for 14 years and has four children, three sons and one daughter. Two of his ...

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Vey's Timeline

  • January 14, 2021

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

  • January 15, 2021

    Vey was scheduled to receive 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.

  • January 18, 2021

    Vey's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Vey is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD

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

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