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Success! Kim Srey from Cambodia raised $230 to fund a fracture repair surgery.

Kim Srey
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Kim Srey's treatment was fully funded on March 5, 2021.

Photo of Kim Srey post-operation

March 9, 2021

Kim Srey underwent a fracture repair surgery.

Kim Srey underwent surgery with orthopedic surgeons at our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), who removed the hardware from her leg. Her dressing was changed frequently after surgery to make sure that an infection had not developed and her stitches were removed fourteen days after surgery. Every day, Kim Srey will work with the physical therapy team so that when her leg heals completely she will have full range of motion and flexibility. Soon, Kim Srey will able to walk easily again and return to work as a rice farmer without difficulty.

Kim Srey told us, “I am pleased that I can walk well and I can return to work and care for my family like cooking delicious foods, preparing clothes, and taking care of my daughters and my grandchildren.”

Kim Srey underwent surgery with orthopedic surgeons at our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), who removed the hardware from h...

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December 17, 2020

Kim Srey is a 47-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one son, three daughters, and two grandchildren. In her free time she enjoys exercising, watching TV, cooking, and taking care of her grandchildren.

In March 2018, Kim Srey was in a motor vehicle accident that caused an open fracture of her left leg. She went to a clinic to seek treatment, where a nail was put in her leg to heal the fracture. Now, the bone has healed, and the wound had closed but she is still in pain when she stands or walks.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On December 17th, Kim Srey will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will remove the hardware and she will be no longer pain or at risk of infection.

Kim Srey shared, “I hope after surgery the wound will heal quickly and I can walk without pain.”

Kim Srey is a 47-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one son, three daughters, and two grandchildren. In her free time she enjoys ex...

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Kim Srey's Timeline

  • December 17, 2020

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

  • December 17, 2020

    Kim Srey 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.

  • December 18, 2020

    Kim Srey's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 5, 2021

    Kim Srey's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 9, 2021

    Kim Srey's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

ORIF / Fracture
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  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $230 for Kim Srey's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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