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Tola is a blacksmith from Cambodia who needs $465 to fund mobility restoring arm surgery.

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August 5, 2020

Tola is a 27-year-old blacksmith from Cambodia. He and his wife were married only seven months ago, and are expecting their first child later this year. His wife is a vegetable seller and his parents are both famers. In his free time, he likes playing football with his friends, listening to music, and going on walks with his wife.

In April 2020, he was in a motor accident that caused a fracture of his left forearm. He visited a traditional healer near his home for two months, but his fracture did not heal. He has had constant moderate pain in his arm and it has become swollen. He has been unable to work.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On August 5th, Tola will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will correct his fracture and allow his arm to fully heal, so that he can once again use his left hand well.

Tola shared, “I have been very worried about my wife and having enough money for my family when our child is born, so I am glad that I can get this surgery and that I can work again soon.”

Tola is a 27-year-old blacksmith from Cambodia. He and his wife were married only seven months ago, and are expecting their first child late...

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Tola's Timeline

  • August 5, 2020

    Tola was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • August 05, 2020

    Tola 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.

  • August 06, 2020

    Tola's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 16, 2020

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


    Tola is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $465 for Tola'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 in need of open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) surgeries experience painful fractures or recurrent dislocations. Usually, these injuries result from traffic accidents or other trauma injuries.

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

Living with an abnormal or deformed bone limits function and can interfere with daily activities. It is also extremely painful.

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

Due to lack of helmet usage and weak enforcement of traffic laws, there is a high rate of traffic accidents in Cambodia. This causes many of the fractures and bone dislocations our medical partner sees.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The deformed or abnormal bone is broken and correctly aligned, and any fragments are fixed. Following the realignment of the bone, metal plates, pins, rods, wires, or screws are attached to the bone for stabilization as the internal fixation.

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

Patients will experience restored function and mobility and reduced pain. Patients regain independence and return to work, school, and family life.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Complications from this surgery are rare but include infection, nerve damage, blood clots, and tissue irritation from the hardware.

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 hospital treatment. Many patients are referred to CSC by word of mouth.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There is no alternative care for this treatment.

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