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Success! Socheat from Cambodia raised $412 to fund arm surgery so he can return to work.

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Socheat's treatment was fully funded on June 30, 2022.

Photo of Socheat post-operation

July 14, 2022

Socheat underwent arm surgery so he can return to work.

Socheat had successful surgery to repair his elbow so he can use his arm again. The physical therapist applied his cast to keep his arm immobile as he heals. He will return to our medical partner CSC in about six weeks to start physiotherapy to increase the strength of his arm. With physiotherapy, Socheat should regain all the strength he lost. This will allow him to return to work, which often involves lifting heavy items. His life will improve because he can support his new wife and himself.

Socheat said: “I am so happy my neighbor told me about CSC because I could not afford this care elsewhere. I can go back to work, and even play sports again soon. Thank you to the great surgeons and the donors who helped me to have this surgery.”

Socheat had successful surgery to repair his elbow so he can use his arm again. The physical therapist applied his cast to keep his arm immo...

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March 8, 2022

Socheat got married last month and was excited to start building his life ahead. He works in a food store and in his free time, he likes to play volleyball, football and listen to music pop songs.

In early March, however, Socheat injured his left elbow while playing football. Now he is in pain and cannot move his arm or work. He went to a private clinic but could not afford the treatment, so his neighbors suggested he visit our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, for medical care. Surgeons diagnosed a dislocated right elbow and recommend a reduction procedure and cast for several weeks to help him heal. This procedure will repair his elbow and give him full use of his arm once he has recovered. Socheat will be able to return to work and support his new family. Now he needs help to fund this $412 procedure.

He told us, “I hope my elbow will be better, and I can use my arm again to return to work to support my wife.”

Socheat got married last month and was excited to start building his life ahead. He works in a food store and in his free time, he likes to ...

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Socheat's Timeline

  • March 8, 2022

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

  • March 8, 2022

    Socheat 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.

  • March 10, 2022

    Socheat's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 30, 2022

    Socheat's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 14, 2022

    Socheat's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Reduction Procedure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $412 for Socheat'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?

A reduction procedure is needed to correct alignment of bones. After a bone fracture, parts of the bone can become displaced or angulated.

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

Living with fractured or misaligned bones can be painful and limits functionality, which can interfere with day-to-day tasks.

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

In Cambodia, road rules are largely unregulated and traffic accidents occur frequently, often causing fractures and bone dislocations.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Reduction procedures are classified as open reduction and closed reduction. In an open reduction, surgery is performed to expose the fracture fragments at the site of the injury and realign the bones. In a closed reduction, bones are reset without surgical exposure.

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

Reduction procedures can greatly improve quality of life by reducing the pain from the fractured bone and allowing mobility and use of it.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Closed reductions have fewer risks than open reductions, as they do not carry the potential complications of any surgical exposure. Risks of closed reduction procedures include injury to nerves or blood vessels near the affected bone and blood clot formation. In addition to these, risks of open reduction also include infection and stiffness.

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

Reduction procedures, especially those that require surgeries, are not easily accessed or afforded by many Cambodians. Patients will travel for many hours to reach CSC for free surgical treatment.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

For patients in need of reduction procedures to reset a misaligned bone, few alternatives exist. Traditional healers are often used, but with unsuccessful results.

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