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Roeun is a farmer from Cambodia who needs $518 to fund ankle surgery.

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March 24, 2021

Roeun is a 46-year-old farmer and is married with one son. She enjoys cooking for her family and taking care of her house.

Since September 2020, Roeun has experienced left ankle pain and swelling. She has been diagnosed with osteochondrolysis. The pain and swelling make it hard for her to walk.

When Roeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 24th, surgeons at CSC will perform a joint arthrodesis procedure to fuse her right ankle joint and to help her walk again. Now, Roeun needs help to fund this $518 procedure.

Roeun said, “I hope I can walk without any pain and heal so I can support my family.”

Roeun is a 46-year-old farmer and is married with one son. She enjoys cooking for her family and taking care of her house. Since Septembe...

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Roeun's Timeline

  • March 24, 2021

    Roeun was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • March 24, 2021

    Roeun 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.

  • March 26, 2021

    Roeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 12, 2021

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


    Roeun is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Joint Arthrodesis
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $518 for Roeun'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?

Arthrodesis is the abolition and fusion of a joint via surgical means. For example, the knee joint is obliterated to join the femur to the tibia. This is done to relieve intractable pain that cannot be managed by pain medication, splints, or other treatments. The typical causes of such pain are fractures, severe sprains, infections, and arthritis. Arthrodesis is most commonly performed on joints in the spine, hand, ankle, and foot. This procedure can also be performed on the shoulder, knee, or wrist.

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

Any painful joint can impair normal function. Moving the legs, arms, or spine may be acutely painful and disabling.

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

Patients in Cambodia often neglect pain and other symptoms far longer than patients in America, so their cases become more complex.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

There are a number of joint arthrodesis surgeries that a patient might undergo. The patient will be examined, and doctors will create a treatment plan for the affected joint.

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

The patient will be rendered pain-free. Of course, the patient will experience limited function in this joint.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Surgery performed on the limbs is not risky. However, spinal fusion procedures can entail a lot of blood loss and are inherently more risky.

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

Joint arthrodesis is not widely available in Cambodia, as there are only a handful of doctors in the country that perform fusions. Usually, people experience months or years of pain before the joint fuses itself or they manage to find a surgeon to treat it appropriately.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The alternatives to surgery are bracing or splinting, but these are temporary measures.

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