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Zoeurdy is a man from Cambodia who needs $480 to fund joint surgery.

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December 6, 2017

Zoeurdy is a young man from Cambodia. He likes computers. He used to be an IT student in university, but he had to stop his studies two years ago due to his condition.

He has ankylosing spondylitis, a progressive disease affecting the spine and joints. His jaw is stiff, making it difficult to eat and talk.

When Zoeurdy learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On December 7, surgeons at CSC will perform a joint arthrodesis procedure to fuse his jaw bones. This will repair the jaw joint and help him eat well again. Now, Zoeurdy needs help to fund this $480 procedure.

His brother says, “I hope my brother can improve his health.”

Zoeurdy is a young man from Cambodia. He likes computers. He used to be an IT student in university, but he had to stop his studies two year...

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Zoeurdy's Timeline

  • December 6, 2017

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

  • December 07, 2017

    Zoeurdy 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 07, 2017

    Zoeurdy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 21, 2017

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


    Zoeurdy is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Joint Arthrodesis
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $480 for Zoeurdy'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?

Arthrodesis is the abolition and fusion of a joint via surgical means. For example, the knee joint is obliterated to join the femur to the tibia. This is done to relieve intractable pain that cannot be managed by pain medication, splints, or other treatments. The typical causes of such pain are fractures, severe sprains, infections, and arthritis. Arthrodesis is most commonly performed on joints in the spine, hand, ankle, and foot. This procedure can also be performed on the shoulder, knee, or wrist.

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

Any painful joint can impair normal function. Moving the legs, arms, or spine may be acutely painful and disabling.

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

Patients in Cambodia often neglect pain and other symptoms far longer than patients in America, so their cases become more complex.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

There are a number of joint arthrodesis surgeries that a patient might undergo. The patient will be examined, and doctors will create a treatment plan for the affected joint.

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

The patient will be rendered pain-free. Of course, the patient will experience limited function in this joint.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Surgery performed on the limbs is not risky. However, spinal fusion procedures can entail a lot of blood loss and are inherently more risky.

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

Joint arthrodesis is not widely available in Cambodia, as there are only a handful of doctors in the country that perform fusions. Usually, people experience months or years of pain before the joint fuses itself or they manage to find a surgeon to treat it appropriately.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The alternatives to surgery are bracing or splinting, but these are temporary measures.

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