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

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Phea's treatment was fully funded on March 14, 2022.

Photo of Phea post-operation

April 1, 2022

Phea underwent a successful fracture repair surgery.

Phea’s treatment was a success! He traveled to visit our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), where he underwent a fracture repair procedure. During the surgery, infected tissue was removed from his leg and an external frame was applied to help the bone heal. This frame will stay on for several weeks until surgeons are confident that his bone is healing well. When he is stronger, he will work with the physiotherapy team to increase the strength of his leg. After his leg has fully healed, he will be able to walk again and return to farming to support his family.

Phea shared, “I am relieved the surgeons were able to repair my leg; it was very hard to see my wife work so hard because I could not walk. Thank you to the CSC staff and the donors who helped to pay for my surgery. I am lucky to have this surgery so I can support my family.”

Phea's treatment was a success! He traveled to visit our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), where he underwent a fracture re...

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December 8, 2021

Phea is a 37-year-old farmer. Together with his wife, they have five children, including one son and four daughters.

In November 2021, Phea was in a motor vehicle accident where he fractured his right tibia. He visited a Khmer traditional healer for treatment, but unfortunately his leg became infected. He feels very ill and is depressed that he cannot support and feed his family. It is difficult for him to walk and he is in now pain.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On December 8th, Phea will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will rid his leg of the infection and help him walk again.

Phea shared, “I hope I can walk again and return to my job as soon as possible.”

Phea is a 37-year-old farmer. Together with his wife, they have five children, including one son and four daughters. In November 2021, Ph...

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Phea's Timeline

  • December 8, 2021

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

  • December 8, 2021

    Phea 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, 2021

    Phea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 14, 2022

    Phea's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 1, 2022

    Phea'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 Phea's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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Paw is a 24-year-old woman from Thailand. Originally from Burma, Paw, her husband, their three daughters and her parents fled in March 2021 after the Burmese military shot rockets into their village. In Thailand, as refugees, they cannot work, and have temporarily moved in with Paw's brother and his family. They receive rice from her brother's neighbors, while her brother's family provides them with vegetables and curries. In July 2021, Paw's parents and her two older daughters went back to their village when they felt it was safe to do so. Meanwhile, her husband and her three-month-old baby have stayed with her while she receives treatment in Chiang Mai. Two years ago, Paw noticed a mass on the right side of her neck. Her neighbor suggested she apply a natural remedy, but unfortunately, the mass remained and grew over time. In September 2019, she visited a local hospital in Thailand with her husband, but the surgery recommended was too expensive. She experiences pain near the site of the mass, and the mass is still growing. Paw sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). She is scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on August 16th, and now she needs to raise $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Paw shared, “I felt embarrassed and very upset when I first noticed that I had this problem. I will feel a lot better after my surgery because I have needed to receive it since I first went to see the doctor in 2019. In the future I want to look after my children and send them to school.”

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