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Success! Srey Nath from Cambodia raised $1,500 to fund life-changing spinal surgery.

Srey Nath
  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Srey Nath's treatment was fully funded on February 11, 2022.

Photo of Srey Nath post-operation

March 4, 2022

Srey Nath underwent life-changing spinal surgery.

Srey Nath’s corrective surgery will alleviate many serious health issues and will allow her to have peer acceptance in school, find a job, eventually get married and have a family. She’s recovering at the hospital for a week, and then will return to her province and start in school in the new term. Although recovery will be tough for Srey Nath, she has been keeping herself entertained by her love of reading books. The surgeons look forward to seeing her again in six months to adjust the rods as she grows.

Srey Nath’s mother said: “I can see that Srey Nath no longer hides or is embarrassed by the way she looks. I am so proud of her. She can return to school and be a teacher when she is older. Thank you to the staff and everyone who helped her to be healthy again.”

Srey Nath's corrective surgery will alleviate many serious health issues and will allow her to have peer acceptance in school, find a job, e...

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January 5, 2022

Srey Nath is a bright young student who loves to read books and wants to be a teacher when she grows up. She has two older brothers and lives with her parents who are rainy day rice farmers. They also grow vegetables and keep cows and chickens to feed their family and make extra money at the local market.

Over the past several years, Srey Nath’s back has curved which limits her movement and lung expansion. She has trouble standing up straight or walking, and is easily winded when she is active due to difficulty expanding her lungs. She shared that she feels embarrassed with her friends and very shy about how her back looks. She loves school but doesn’t want to attend now because of the abnormal curvature of her spine, and the chronic pain it causes.

Srey Nath’s neighbors told her family to visit our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre for a diagnosis and treatment. Surgeons have diagnosed her with scoliosis of the thoracic spine. She needs expanding rods in her back to straighten her spine as she grows to avoid any further medical problems. Srey Nath and her parents traveled two and a half hours to seek treatment and need help raising $1,500 for this specialty surgery.

Srey Nath’s mother said: “My daughter needs this surgery to grow normally and become a teacher. I hope we can raise the money so she can fulfill her dream someday.”

Srey Nath is a bright young student who loves to read books and wants to be a teacher when she grows up. She has two older brothers and live...

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Srey Nath's Timeline

  • January 5, 2022

    Srey Nath was submitted by Ellen Interlandi, Stakeholder Relations at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • January 5, 2022

    Srey Nath 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.

  • January 7, 2022

    Srey Nath's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 11, 2022

    Srey Nath's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 4, 2022

    Srey Nath's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 26 donors

Funded by 26 donors

Spinal Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,589 for Srey Nath's treatment
Subsidies fund $89 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
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 experiencing severe back pain may also experience fever and chills, unexplained weight loss, sudden bowel and/or bladder incontinence, and severe, continuous abdominal pain. Back pain may be caused by vertebrae, the small bones of the spine. The back conditions for which surgery is recommended include degenerative disk disease, spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, fracture, infection, and tumor.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients with severe back pain experience difficulty walking, sleeping, sitting, riding a motorcycle, working, going to school, and carrying out everyday tasks. If the pain affects a patient's ability to work or go to school, the patient will be unable to earn money to support his or her family or continue his or her education. Patients may experience discomfort and difficulty breathing.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Cambodian culture emphasizes the importance of working hard and earning money to support the family. When a patient is unable to work, he or she may feel helpless or may experience financial difficulty.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

There are several types of spinal surgeries performed to treat back pain: Spinal fusion: This is the most common surgery for back pain and is used to keep the spine stable after injury, infection, or a tumor. The surgeon joins the spinal bones (vertebrae) together. In a spinal fusion for scoliosis, the surgeon attaches rods, hooks, wires, or screws to the curved part of the backbone to straighten and stabilize the spine. Laminectomy: In this procedure, the surgeon removes parts of the bone, bone spurs, or ligaments in the back. This relieves pressure on spinal nerves and can ease pain or weakness. Foraminotomy: The surgeon cuts bone at the sides of the vertebrae to widen the space through which nerves exit the spine, relieving pressure on the nerves and easing pain. Diskectomy: A disk, the cushion that separates the vertebrae, can slip out of place, pressing on a spinal nerve and causing back pain. In a diskectomy, the surgeon removes all or part of the disk to relieve pain. Disk replacement: A surgeon removes the damaged spinal disk and inserts an artificial one between the vertebrae. Interlaminar implant: The surgeon implants a U-shaped device between two vertebrae in the lower back. This device helps keep the space between them open and eases pressure on the spinal nerves. Bone grafting will also be performed to support the spine and stimulate bone healing.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The patient will be able to work or go to school without pain.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

As with any operation, there are potential risks associated with spinal surgery. These include: Infection: Antibiotics are regularly given to the patient before, during, and after surgery to lessen the risk of infection. Bleeding: A certain amount of bleeding is expected, but this is not typically significant. Pain at bone graft site: A small percentage of patients will experience persistent pain at the bone graft site. Recurring symptoms: Some patients may experience a recurrence of their original symptoms. Nerve damage: It is possible that the nerves or blood vessels may be injured during these operations. These complications are very rare. Blood clots: Another uncommon complication is the formation of blood clots in the legs.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Spinal surgery is not widely offered in Cambodia, especially for low-income patients who cannot afford treatment. Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) provides this procedure free of charge. Patients travel to CSC by bus, taxi, or motorbike from all over Cambodia.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients that do not seek a surgical procedure may try exercises and medication. However, these forms of treatment may not be effective.

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