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Success! Khuon from Cambodia raised $304 to fund leg surgery.

  • $304 raised, $0 to go
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Khuon's treatment was fully funded on November 29, 2022.
June 9, 2022

Khuon is a 20-year-old rice and vegetable farmer. He has two brothers and two sisters. In his free time, Khuon likes to play volleyball and to sing pop songs, especially those by Vanda.

In March 2018, Khuon was in a motor vehicle accident. In the year following the accident, Khuon received traditional Khmer medicine treatments, which were unsuccessful in taking care of his injury. In April 2019, Khuon visited a local hospital, where hardware was placed to heal a tibia fracture. The hardware is now exposed and infected, causing Khuon chronic pain, and making it difficult for him to walk.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On June 9th, Khuon will undergo a hardware removal procedure at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, which will allow his wound to finally heal. Children’s Surgical Centre is seeking $304 to fund this procedure, which will enable Khuon to live without pain, walk more easily, and enjoy life again.

Khuon says: “I hope my leg will have good function and I can return to the rice field without pain.”

Khuon is a 20-year-old rice and vegetable farmer. He has two brothers and two sisters. In his free time, Khuon likes to play volleyball and ...

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Khuon's Timeline

  • June 9, 2022

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

  • June 9, 2022

    Khuon was scheduled to receive 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.

  • June 16, 2022

    Khuon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 29, 2022

    Khuon's treatment was fully funded.


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

ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $304 for Khuon'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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