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Success! Sreynuch from Cambodia raised $230 to fund a fracture hardware removal surgery.

  • $230 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Sreynuch's treatment was fully funded on March 1, 2021.

Photo of Sreynuch post-operation

March 2, 2021

Sreynuch underwent a fracture surgery.

Sreynuch’s surgery to remove the long plate hardware from her leg was successful!

She’s healing well and her stitches were removed 14 days after surgery. She’ll now rest for the next few weeks. Each day, she will work with the physical therapy team so that when her leg heals completely, she will have full range of motion and flexibility. Sreynuch will be able to walk easily again and return to work without difficulty. Her family is happy that she can go back to work soon.

Sreynuch shared, “I’m happy that my leg has healed with no pain. I will walk correctly again and I feel comfortable after the doctor removed the hardware.”

Sreynuch's surgery to remove the long plate hardware from her leg was successful! She's healing well and her stitches were removed 14 day...

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December 11, 2020

Sreynuch is a 18-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. She lives with her parents and five siblings on their farm. She is the youngest of her siblings, and while the whole family helps with the farm, each sibling also has other work. Sreynuch has finished school, but in her free time she loves to meet up with all her school friends and play sports together, or share music with each other.

In February 2018, Sreynuch was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a severe fracture in her left leg. She and her family traveled across the border to a hospital in Vietnam so she could receive treatment, where doctors fixated screws to repair her fracture. Now, the bone has healed, but the hardware must be removed as it still causes pain and can lead to serious infection.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On December 11th, Sreynuch will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will allow her to heal completely and walk easily without any pain.

Sreynuch shared, “I hope I can heal quickly from this surgery so I can work again, since it has been difficult to work the past year when my leg still bothers me.”

Sreynuch is a 18-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. She lives with her parents and five siblings on their farm. She is the youngest of h...

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Sreynuch's Timeline

  • December 11, 2020

    Sreynuch was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • December 11, 2020

    Sreynuch 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.

  • December 13, 2020

    Sreynuch's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 1, 2021

    Sreynuch's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 2, 2021

    Sreynuch's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $230 for Sreynuch'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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