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Success! Sakim from Cambodia raised $412 to fund fracture surgery.

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Sakim's treatment was fully funded on March 25, 2021.

Photo of Sakim post-operation

April 2, 2021

Sakim underwent fracture surgery.

Sakim underwent a successful complex fracture repair surgery with surgeons from Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). Soon after his surgery, Sakim started working with the physiotherapy team to increase his elbow flexion and regain strength. He looks forward to having the stitches and cast removed so that he can dress himself and use his arm again. Sakim says he feels his health is good now, and that soon he will be able to go back to work in construction to support his family.

Sakim’s wife shared, “I’m really surprised to see my husband so happy, he will be able to do things better than before; thanks to all donors for their help.”

Sakim underwent a successful complex fracture repair surgery with surgeons from Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). Soon after his surgery, Sa...

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February 8, 2021

Sakim has been married for 11 years and has one son and one daughter. His wife sells soft drinks and coffee in the primary school. In his free time, he likes playing football, playing volleyball, listening to music, and watching TV.

Unfortunately, Sakim fractured his left elbow about two months ago during a football match. After the accident, his family took him to several hospitals for consultation as well as seeking Khmer traditional medicine. His arm has not been repaired, and he is in pain most of the time. His arm is swollen, his elbow is stiff, and he cannot use his hand. Doctors diagnosed a complex fracture of his elbow, which can be repaired with an open reduction surgery.

Sakim hopes that after surgery the fracture will be fixed, and he will be able to use his elbow without pain so he can go back to work.

Sakim has been married for 11 years and has one son and one daughter. His wife sells soft drinks and coffee in the primary school. In his fr...

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Sakim's Timeline

  • February 8, 2021

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

  • February 9, 2021

    Sakim 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.

  • February 11, 2021

    Sakim's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 25, 2021

    Sakim's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 2, 2021

    Sakim's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Reduction Procedure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $412 for Sakim'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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Kay is a 34-year-old woman who lives with her husband and two sons in a village on the Thai-Burma border. Her husband is a day labourer at a construction site, while both of her children are students. Kay used to work in a factory but stopped last year when her health deteriorated. Kay remembers first feeling the pain she has in her abdomen in April of 2014, a month after she gave birth to her second son. Five years later, the pain in the left side of her abdomen returned. Kay also could not eat or drink anything, and vomited every time she tried to eat. At the hospital, she was given medication and was instructed to take it regularly. Though Kay felt better at a follow-up appointment, some of her symptoms were still persistent, so the medic referred her to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further investigation. At that hospital, Kay received an ultrasound, blood test and urine test, and the results revealed that she had stones in her left ureter. The doctor recommended that she undergo laser treatment to breakup these stones and treat the pain she has been experiencing. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is helping Kay receive treatment. On March 2nd, she is scheduled to undergo a shockwave lithotripsy treatment at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $1,500, and she and her family need help raising money. Kay shared, “I really want to recover. I cannot work at the factory [because of my condition] but I want to earn money. In the future, if I recover, I want to open a small shop to sell dry goods.”

78% funded

$325to go

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