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Success! Nov from Cambodia raised $465 to fund fracture repair surgery.

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Nov's treatment was fully funded on March 29, 2022.

Photo of Nov post-operation

April 11, 2022

Nov underwent fracture repair surgery and is healing well.

Nov’s surgery was a success! Nov took the advice of his neighbor and traveled to have his femur repaired at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre. After a short stay in the hospital, he was able to return home to his province. The physiotherapist team has given him exercises to improve his gait and help him gain strength in his leg. He was so happy with the results of his surgery, and is healing well. He can now return to his farm and help his wife sell fruit in order to make more money to support their children. He also looks forward to going fishing again, which is an important supplement to his family’s diet at home.

Nov said: “I no longer have pain and am learning to walk. My children need health care and education, and now I am happy I can help my family again. Thank you to everyone who helped me have this surgery.”

Nov's surgery was a success! Nov took the advice of his neighbor and traveled to have his femur repaired at our medical partner, Children's ...

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January 5, 2022

Nov is a 48-year-old rainy day rice farmer and part-time construction worker. Nov is married and has three children. His two sons work in a local factory making clothing and his daughter is in grade ten at the local high school. Nov’s wife helps him with farming and sells fruit from their farm on the roadside to help pay for their daughter’s school. He likes to go fishing and spend time with friends when he’s not working.

In December 2021, Nov was on his way home from selling bags of rice to a local distributor, when he collided with a tractor on a bumpy road. His femur was fractured. He spent a month in the local hospital, but his fracture did not heal. Now, Nov is unable to walk and can only move around in a wheelchair. He cannot care for himself and is in constant pain.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On January 5th, Nov will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. An open reduction and internal fixation of his femur will help the bone to heal properly so that he can walk again.

Nov said, “I hope I will be able to walk again and no longer have pain. I need to work so I can support my family.”

Nov is a 48-year-old rainy day rice farmer and part-time construction worker. Nov is married and has three children. His two sons work in a ...

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Nov's Timeline

  • January 5, 2022

    Nov was submitted by Ellen Interlandi, Volunteer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • January 5, 2022

    Nov 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

    Nov's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 29, 2022

    Nov's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 11, 2022

    Nov's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $465 for Nov'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 in need of open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) surgeries experience painful fractures or recurrent dislocations. Usually, these injuries result from traffic accidents or other trauma injuries.

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

Living with an abnormal or deformed bone limits function and can interfere with daily activities. It is also extremely painful.

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

Due to lack of helmet usage and weak enforcement of traffic laws, there is a high rate of traffic accidents in Cambodia. This causes many of the fractures and bone dislocations our medical partner sees.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The deformed or abnormal bone is broken and correctly aligned, and any fragments are fixed. Following the realignment of the bone, metal plates, pins, rods, wires, or screws are attached to the bone for stabilization as the internal fixation.

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

Patients will experience restored function and mobility and reduced pain. Patients regain independence and return to work, school, and family life.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Complications from this surgery are rare but include infection, nerve damage, blood clots, and tissue irritation from the hardware.

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 hospital treatment. Many patients are referred to CSC by word of mouth.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There is no alternative care for this treatment.

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Him is a 40-year-old woman who used to work in the market near her home. She is married to a rice farmer and has two sons and one daughter. Her sons are 15 and 12 years old, her daughter is 6 years old. Him enjoys cooking for her family, walking her daughter to and from school, and watching Khmer movies. She was a clothes seller at the market, but stopped after her injury. Last August, Him was in a traffic accident and fractured the bone in her right upper arm. She went to a government hospital for surgery to repair the bone. She left soon after the operation because they couldn't afford the cost to stay, even though her fracture had not yet healed well. Now she has an open wound, feels poorly, and cannot use her arm. A neighbor suggested Him visit Children's Surgical Centre for further treatment. She and her family traveled two hours to the hospital, where surgeons diagnosed a Volkmann contracture, which occurs when there is a lack of blood flow to the forearm. There is increased pressure due to swelling, a condition called compartment syndrome. Surgeons have determined they are not able to save her arm and plan to do an above-the-elbow amputation. The total cost of his procedure is $446, which covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. The procedure is scheduled for March 10th and Him needs help to pay for this procedure. Him shared, "I hope after surgery I won't have pain or infection anymore. This treatment will help me in the future to work to support my family."

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