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Success! Chheng from Cambodia raised $214 to fund bowleg treatment.

  • $214 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Chheng's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Chheng post-operation

August 11, 2017

Chheng underwent bowleg treatment.

Chheng’s treatment for his left leg went well. Following the procedure, he was given pain medication and he had two weeks of physiotherapy at CSC before being discharged. His wound has healed nicely and he does not experience any pain. Chheng is now able to walk more comfortably than before. He may need to return to CSC to continue his treatments.

Chheng says, “I am happy because now I can walk better. Thanks to CSC and the donations for helping me.”

Chheng's treatment for his left leg went well. Following the procedure, he was given pain medication and he had two weeks of physiotherapy a...

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July 13, 2017

Chheng is a 27-year-old from Cambodia. He works in his parents’ shop to help support the family. When he’s not working, Chheng enjoys watching TV and spending time with his four brothers and two sisters.

Chheng was born with bilateral bowlegs, a condition in which his knees stay wide apart when he stands with his feet and ankles together. Over the past year, Chheng has undergone bowleg correction surgeries funded by Watsi. During the treatments, surgeons inserted hardware in his right and left legs to realign the bones.

On July 13, surgeons will remove the hardware from Chheng’s left femur to help him walk comfortably again. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $214 to fund the treatment.

Chheng is incredibly thankful for Watsi’s support for his treatment.

Chheng is a 27-year-old from Cambodia. He works in his parents' shop to help support the family. When he's not working, Chheng enjoys watchi...

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Chheng's Timeline

  • July 13, 2017

    Chheng was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • July 13, 2017

    Chheng 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.

  • August 8, 2017

    Chheng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 11, 2017

    Chheng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 8, 2018

    Chheng's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $214 for Chheng'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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