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Success! Samnang from Cambodia raised $304 to fund fracture hardware surgery following a motor vehicle accident.

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Samnang's treatment was fully funded on September 25, 2022.

Photo of Samnang post-operation

October 5, 2022

Samnang underwent fracture hardware surgery following a motor vehicle accident.

Samnang took a neighbor’s advice and traveled two and a half hours for his procedure by orthopedic surgeons who removed the hardware from his left tibia. It was uncomfortable for him, and he is relieved the hardware is gone. He rested in the hospital for several days and spent time with the physiotherapist who gave him exercises to regain strength in his leg. He is happy to be home and will return to school. His dream is to become an engineer.

Samnang’s mother said: “I’m so happy to see my son doing better. We are glad his leg has healed, and it was time to take out the metal pins. He doesn’t want to go to a hospital again, he wants to be with his friends at school and study hard. We are lucky to have generous donors and quality health care for Cambodians who cannot afford this care.”

Samnang took a neighbor's advice and traveled two and a half hours for his procedure by orthopedic surgeons who removed the hardware from hi...

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April 25, 2022

Samnang is a high school student. He has six brothers and two sisters and is the youngest child in his family. Both of his parents are farmers. He enjoys reading, listening to music, and spending time with friends.

Samnang was in a motor vehicle accident in October 2019 and fractured his left tibia. Doctors at a government hospital fixated hardware to the fracture. Now the bone is healed and the hardware needs to be removed in order for him to walk again with no pain.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On April 25th, Samnang will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $304. This procedure will allow him to walk easily again and will prevent future complications.

Samnang says, “I hope I recover well and am free of pain so I can return to school.”

Samnang is a high school student. He has six brothers and two sisters and is the youngest child in his family. Both of his parents are farme...

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Samnang's Timeline

  • April 25, 2022

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

  • April 25, 2022

    Samnang 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.

  • April 29, 2022

    Samnang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 25, 2022

    Samnang's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 5, 2022

    Samnang's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

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