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Noy is a 24-year-old farmer from Cambodia who needs $304 to fund surgery on his arm.

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September 11, 2022

Noy is a 24-year-old farmer who is married, and has a two-year-old daughter. For several years, Noy worked in a local garment factory, but when the factory closed during the Covid-19 epidemic, Noy and his family moved in with his widowed mother, and Noy joined his wife in her work as a farmer. Together, they grow rice and vegetables. When Noy isn’t working, he enjoys playing football and volleyball, and listening to music. He also helps his wife with the cooking, and in caring for their daughter.

In March 2022, Noy was in a traffic accident, and fractured his left clavicle. He had surgery at a local hospital, during which a pin was placed to stabilize the fracture. The fracture has healed, but Noy needs to have the pin removed.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On September 12th, Noy will undergo a hardware removal procedure at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. Noy needs your help to cover the $304 cost of this procedure, which will enable him to fully increase the strength of his shoulder and arm, so that he can return to working on the farm, and to playing the sports that he enjoys. Ultimately, Noy would like to make enough money to buy a house for his family.

Noy shared: “After the pin is removed, I hope I have no pain or infection. I want to work hard and be strong to support my family.”

Noy is a 24-year-old farmer who is married, and has a two-year-old daughter. For several years, Noy worked in a local garment factory, but ...

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Noy's Timeline

  • September 11, 2022

    Noy was submitted by Ellen Interlandi, Volunteer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • September 12, 2022

    Noy 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.

  • September 14, 2022

    Noy's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Noy is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD

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

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