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

  • $230 raised, $0 to go
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Meng's treatment was fully funded on September 27, 2021.
July 29, 2021

Meng underwent fracture hardware removal surgery.

Meng successfully underwent surgery to remove the hardware from his healed fracture. The procedure has relieved him of his pain and discomfort, which had prevented him from being able to work well as a carpenter and carry heavy objects for work.

Unfortunately our medical partner was not able to share a new photo of how he is healing as due to a COVID-19 lockdown, he was not able to return for his planned follow-up appointment in person, but Meng is feeling relieved to be on the road to recovery now. Meng shared, “Thank you for all the help to help me recover after my accident. I hope to be able to work again and support my new family.”

Meng successfully underwent surgery to remove the hardware from his healed fracture. The procedure has relieved him of his pain and discomfo...

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June 7, 2021

Meng is a 19-year-old construction worker. He’s been married for six months and works as a carpenter, metal worker, and roofer. In his free time, Meng enjoys listening to pop songs and playing volleyball and football.

In August of 2020, Meng was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture to his right wrist. Doctors at a government hospital fixed hardware to his wrist after the accident to help the fracture heal. Now, the bone is united and the hardware needs to be removed.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On June 7th, Meng will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will prevent future complications and pain.

Meng shared, “I hope I can heal quickly from this procedure so I can return to work.”

Meng is a 19-year-old construction worker. He's been married for six months and works as a carpenter, metal worker, and roofer. In his free ...

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Meng's Timeline

  • June 7, 2021

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

  • June 7, 2021

    Meng 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.

  • June 8, 2021

    Meng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 29, 2021

    Meng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 27, 2021

    Meng's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $230 for Meng'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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Minea is a sweet, nap-loving two-year-old boy. He is the first child in his family, and his parents work as rice farmers. They shared that Minea loves to play with toys and take a good nap, if not two, every day! Minea also loves to eat and cuddle with his parents. In December 2021, Minea and his mother were in a motorcycle accident that injured Minea's left shoulder. His parents took him to the local hospital for X-rays and care; however, his shoulder is still dislocated, meaning he cannot lift his arm or grasp objects with his hand. Minea has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his left side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. Minea's family brought him to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), in February to undergo physiotherapy for his injury. Since there has been no improvement after three months of physiotherapy, CSC's specialty surgeons determined that Minea needs to undergo a nerve transfer surgery to heal. CSC is the only center in the whole country where this treatment is available, and, on April 21st, Minea will undergo surgery. His doctors shared that, after recovery, his nerve graft should regenerate so he can use his arm again. CSC is requesting $709 to fund this procedure. Minea's parents hope their child will have a successful surgery and he will be able to fully use his hand as he grows up.

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