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Success! Sokkoeun from Cambodia raised $214 to fund fracture repair surgery.

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Sokkoeun's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2018.

Photo of Sokkoeun post-operation

December 21, 2018

Sokkoeun underwent fracture repair surgery.

Sokkoeun’s surgery went well and she’s been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility in her hip. Surgery will allow Sokkoeun to greatly improve her quality of life and allow her to walk without pain.

She says, “I am happy with the operation. I can bend and move my leg and hip without pain. Thank you.”

Sokkoeun's surgery went well and she's been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility in her hip. Surgery will allow Sokko...

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December 10, 2018

Sokkoeun is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two brothers and four sisters. She likes to watch TV and listen to classical music.

Nine months ago, she was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture in her left hip. She went to a hospital and doctors fixated hardware to heal her fracture. Now, the hardware is infected. It is causing her pain and she is unable to walk.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On December 11, Sokkoeun will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $214. This procedure will help her walk easily again.

She says, “After surgery I hope I can walk and won’t have any more pain.”

Sokkoeun is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two brothers and four sisters. She likes to watch TV and listen to classical music. Nine...

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Sokkoeun's Timeline

  • December 10, 2018

    Sokkoeun was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • December 11, 2018

    Sokkoeun 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, 2018

    Sokkoeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 21, 2018

    Sokkoeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 31, 2018

    Sokkoeun's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $214 for Sokkoeun'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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