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Success! Chhon from Cambodia raised $143 to fund fracture repair surgery.

  • $143 raised, $0 to go
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Chhon's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Chhon post-operation

July 7, 2017

Chhon underwent fracture repair surgery.

Chhon’s treatment for his right hand went well. Following the procedure, he had one week of physiotherapy at CSC before being discharged. His wounds have healed nicely and he does not experience any pain. Chhon is now able to use his hand more easily than before.

Chhon says, “Thanks to all of the staff at CSC for helping me. Now I can use my hand normally and without any pain.”

Chhon's treatment for his right hand went well. Following the procedure, he had one week of physiotherapy at CSC before being discharged. Hi...

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May 22, 2017

Chhon is a 33-year-old motorcycle taxi driver from Cambodia, who is married with two kids. He likes to listen to music and the news on the radio, relax at home, and watch boxing in his free time.

Chhon fractured his left hand in a car accident back in April. He went to the hospital, where doctors implanted metal pins in his hand to help heal his fracture.

Chhon still experiences pain and discomfort in his left hand, and after traveling for four hours to reach our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), doctors informed him that the metal pins should be removed.

Our medical partner, CSC, is requesting $143 to fund Chhon’s fracture repair surgery. On May 23, surgeons at CSC will remove the pins, to help Chhon feel comfortable again.

Chhon is a 33-year-old motorcycle taxi driver from Cambodia, who is married with two kids. He likes to listen to music and the news on the r...

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Chhon's Timeline

  • May 22, 2017

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

  • May 23, 2017

    Chhon 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.

  • June 1, 2017

    Chhon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 7, 2017

    Chhon's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017

    Chhon's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $143 for Chhon'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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