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May 8, 2020

Samnang is a 30-year-old agriculture worker from Cambodia. He takes care of the cows on a farm, and does additional work planting and selling vegetables. He loves music and cooking for his family.

One year ago, Samnang was in a motor accident. After falling off his motorbike, he fractured his right elbow. He traveled to recieve emergency care at a public hospital in Phnom Penh, and doctors there fixed hardware to heal his fracture. But the surgery was botched. His elbow has not healed properly, and still has an open wound with pus discharge. Samnang is still in pain and cannot bend his elbow.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On May 8th, Samnang will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. The surgery will remove the hardware from his elbow, clean and seal his wound, and set the bone so that it will heal properly.

Samnang’s wife said, “I hope that after this surgery he will regain the use of his arm. Then he can return to caring for his cows.”

Samnang is a 30-year-old agriculture worker from Cambodia. He takes care of the cows on a farm, and does additional work planting and sellin...

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Samnang's Timeline

  • May 8, 2020

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

  • May 08, 2020

    Samnang 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.

  • May 11, 2020

    Samnang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 02, 2020

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


    Samnang is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $230 for Samnang'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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