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Success! Dara from Cambodia raised $412 to fund surgery to reset his arm an allow mobility again.

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Dara's treatment was fully funded on December 20, 2021.

Photo of Dara post-operation

December 23, 2021

Dara underwent surgery to reset his arm and allow mobility again.

Dara had successful surgery to reset his arm. As he recovers, he will be able to work as a veterinarian again and support himself when he has full function of his arm. Dara looks forward to returning to work and exercising with his friends to stay healthy.

Dara said: “The staff helped me so much, I was at ease in their hands. I am thankful my shoulder could be repaired after so many months of pain. Thank you to the staff and to the strangers who helped me have this surgery.”

Dara had successful surgery to reset his arm. As he recovers, he will be able to work as a veterinarian again and support himself when he ha...

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October 29, 2021

Dara is a 27-year-old veterinarian. He lives in the capital of Phnom Penh in Cambodia and has one younger sister. His sister is 19 and studies finance and banking at University. Dara’s mother is a vegetable seller and his father is a tuk tuk driver. When he is not working as a veterinarian, Dara enjoys playing football, exercising, and reading.

In August Dara was in a motor vehicle accident that dislocated his right shoulder. He is unable to use his right arm and is now in pain.

Our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) can help Dara. Surgeons will perform an open reduction of his right shoulder so he can use his arm free of pain again. Dara is requesting $412 to fund the total cost of care and this procedure.

Dara says, “I hope I can work with full function of my arm after surgery.”

Dara is a 27-year-old veterinarian. He lives in the capital of Phnom Penh in Cambodia and has one younger sister. His sister is 19 and studi...

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Dara's Timeline

  • October 29, 2021

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

  • October 29, 2021

    Dara 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.

  • November 1, 2021

    Dara's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 20, 2021

    Dara's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 23, 2021

    Dara's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

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