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Ork is a rice farmer from Cambodia who needs $262 to fix a bone fracture.

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September 30, 2019

Ork is a 75-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has five sons, and enjoys watching boxing on television and taking care of his seventeen grandchildren.

In August 2019, Ork was in a motorcycle accident and fractured his right ankle. He was placed in a bamboo splint, but the wounds have not been able to heal properly. Ork experiences pain and has difficulty walking.

When Ork learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On October 1st, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure to Surgery will allow Ork’s wounds to heal properly and enable him to walk again.. Now, Ork needs help to fund this $262 procedure.

Ork said, “I hope that I will no longer have any pain and that I will be able to walk again and my wounds will heal.”

Ork is a 75-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has five sons, and enjoys watching boxing on television and taking care of his seventeen ...

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Ork's Timeline

  • September 30, 2019

    Ork was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • October 01, 2019

    Ork received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • October 06, 2019

    Ork's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 16, 2019

    Awaiting Ork's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.


    Ork is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $262 for Ork'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?

A variety of injuries related to extensive skin loss and the cause of wounds can necessitate a debridement procedure. These include large open wounds, infection, and third degree burns.

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

Patients who have injuries that are in need of a debridement are in compromised health and at risk of infection from bacteria or viruses entering through the open wound.

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

Road traffic accidents—particularly with motorcycles—and hot water or fire burns are common causes of injuries in Cambodia and can often result in surgeries that involve debridement.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Debridement is done using scalpels, forceps, scissors and other instruments for large wounds that have deep tissue damage. First, the skin surrounding the wound is cleaned and disinfected. After determining the depth of the wound, the dead tissue is cut away and the wound is washed out to remove any free tissue. It may take the wound many weeks to heal. However, following a debridement procedure, patients will remain at the hospital for only one week for follow-up care.

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

By removing unhealthy tissue from a wound, the wound is able to heal more easily and it reduces the patient’s risk of disease-causing bacteria or viruses entering the body, improving the overall health of the patient.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Debridement procedures come with minor possible complications that include pain, bleeding, infection, and delayed healing.

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

Severe injuries in need of debridement procedures require surgical operation; affordable surgical care is not very accessible, and so patients travel as much as twelve hours to reach Children's Surgical Centre for free surgery, arriving by bus, motorbike, or taxi.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Alternatives to surgical debridement include chemical debridement (applying a debriding medication to the wound), mechanical debridement (involves a whirlpool bath, a syringe and catheter or wet to dry dressings), and autolytic debridement (involves dressings that retain wound fluids and assist in the body’s natural abilities to clean the wound). However, these alternatives are not as effective as surgical debridement in treating severe wounds.

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