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Success! Sela from Cambodia raised $230 to fund a fracture repair on her left leg.

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Sela's treatment was fully funded on February 23, 2021.

Photo of Sela post-operation

February 26, 2021

Sela underwent a fracture repair on her left leg.

Sela successfully underwent surgery to treat her fractured left leg with the surgical team at Children’s Surgical Centre. After Sela’s recovery, her stitches were removed and she has started physiotherapy. She can return to farming to help her family and doing things she likes without the discomfort she was previously experiencing.

Sela shared, “I am so happy I can walk well without hardware and that I am able go to back to work and support my family.”

Sela successfully underwent surgery to treat her fractured left leg with the surgical team at Children's Surgical Centre. After Sela's recov...

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November 24, 2020

Sela is a 19-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Sela has two brothers and one sister. Her mother is a farmer and her father is in the military. In her free time Sela enjoys listening to music, watching Thai movies on TV, doing housework, and cooking.

In August 2017, Sela was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture of her left leg. She had a nail put in her leg to heal the fracture. Now, the bone is better but to complete her healing she needs to have the hardware removed.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On November 24th, Sela will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will be remove the hardware to avoid future complications like an infection.

Sela siad, “I hope after the operation I will not be in pain so I can return to work soon.”

Sela is a 19-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Sela has two brothers and one sister. Her mother is a farmer and her father is in the milit...

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Sela's Timeline

  • November 24, 2020

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

  • November 24, 2020

    Sela 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.

  • November 25, 2020

    Sela's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 23, 2021

    Sela's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 26, 2021

    Sela's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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