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Success! Buntoeurm from Cambodia raised $230 to fund surgery to repair his femur fracture.

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Buntoeurm's treatment was fully funded on January 2, 2021.

Photo of Buntoeurm post-operation

July 21, 2020

Buntoeurm underwent surgery to repair his femur fracture.

Buntoeurm is doing very well after his surgery. There is no infection at the wound site and he is regaining his strength. He will be able to walk comfortably when he returns home.

Buntoeurm says, “I am so happy my leg is better. I am excited to go home to cook new foods like pizza and hamburger for my daughter. I searched for the recipes on Google while in the hospital.”

Buntoeurm is doing very well after his surgery. There is no infection at the wound site and he is regaining his strength. He will be able to...

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July 2, 2020

Buntoeurm is a 23-year-old cook from Cambodia. He and his wife of three years have one child together, a baby girl. His wife is a factory worker but the pandemic has caused her work to stop due to a shortage of materials. In his free time, Buntoeurm like practicing new recipes, playing soccer with his friends, and taking care of his daughter.

In November 2016, Buntoeurm was in a traffic accident which fractured his left femur. After the accident his family took him to a public hospital, where they installed a plate to rejoin his fracture. After two weeks, the wound got infected, so the doctors installed an external fixation device. But Buntoeurm’s infection grew worse and since he had no money to pay for further treatment, he returned home. He soon lost function of his left knee and now cannot bend his leg or walk well. He feels a constant mild pain in his knee and leg.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On July 2nd, Buntoeurm will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. The procedure will repair his fracture and clear up his chronic infection, allowing him to heal completely and walk again.

Buntoeurm shared, “I hope that my infection will clear, that I will have no pus, and that I can use my leg again like I used to. Since my wife cannot work, I have to work hard to provide for my family.”

Buntoeurm is a 23-year-old cook from Cambodia. He and his wife of three years have one child together, a baby girl. His wife is a factory wo...

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Buntoeurm's Timeline

  • July 2, 2020

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

  • July 02, 2020

    Buntoeurm 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.

  • July 02, 2020

    Buntoeurm's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 21, 2020

    Buntoeurm's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 02, 2021

    Buntoeurm's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

ORIF / Fracture
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  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $230 for Buntoeurm'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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Naw Mar

Naw Mar is a 35-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her husband, two daughters and two sons in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. Four years ago, Naw Mar started to suffer from pain in the right side of her abdomen. At first, she thought the pain would disappear after she rested. When it did not, she went to the hospital in the camp run by Malteser International Thailand (MI). She received medications which helped for a bit. Two years later, the pain became severe and the right side of her abdomen also became swollen. After more medication and follow-up appointments, she was eventually admitted to Mae Sariang Hospital and received an ultrasound. The ultrasound showed that she had multiple gallstones, and she was given more medication. However, the medication did not help her much. In early June 2020, the pain in Naw Mar’s right abdomen increased. After she went to the camp’s hospital, the doctor referred her to Mae Sariang Hospital again, where the doctor told her that she would need to have surgery to remove the gallstones. Since Mae Sariang Hospital doctors could not perform this surgery, she was again referred her to Chiang Mai Hospital. However, the high cost of surgery proved difficult, so she was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for assistance with accessing treatment. Currently, Naw Mar has constant pain in her right abdomen that is only manageable through pain medication. Her right abdomen is also swollen, and she suffers from back pain as well. When the pain in her abdomen is excruciating, she develops a headache and high blood pressure. Naw Mar is a homemaker, while her two daughters and her youngest son go to school. Her oldest son helps her with household chores. Her husband works as an agricultural day laborer, but has been unable to find work for the past month. While their family does receive a cash card each month for food support, it is not enough to cover their daily expenses and they struggle to make ends meet despite receiving free health care and education in the refugee camp. Their family is appealing for financial support. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Naw Mar's surgery. On October 25th, she will undergo a cholecystectomy at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Naw Mar will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her quality of life will improve. Naw Mar shared, "After I receive treatment, I want to work for an organisation [NGO] in the camp so that we [my family] can have an income. Right now, I have no pocket money and I cannot borrow money from any one because we have no way of paying them back. I appreciate any support you can provide.”

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