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Channy is a woman from Cambodia who needs $430 to fund fracture repair surgery.

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December 7, 2017

Channy is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three children, and these days she spends most of her time at home.

In July 2017, she was in a motorbike crash and fractured her humerus. She has sought treatment from a traditional healer in her village, but the fracture is still painful. She is unable to work and do things around the house, and it is causing her pain.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On December 8, Channy will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. Surgery can fuse the bone back together and eliminate the pain.

She says, “I hope I can fix my arm and return to my activities.”

Channy is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three children, and these days she spends most of her time at home. In July 2017, she was ...

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Channy's Timeline

  • December 7, 2017

    Channy was submitted by Anne McMurrey, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • December 08, 2017

    Channy received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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 11, 2017

    Channy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 15, 2017

    Awaiting Channy's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.


    Channy is currently raising funds for her treatment.

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ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $430 for Channy'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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