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Success! Savon from Cambodia raised $230 to fund a hardware removal surgery.

  • $230 raised, $0 to go
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Savon's treatment was fully funded on February 20, 2021.

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February 22, 2021

Savon underwent a hardware removal surgery.

Savon traveled to our Medical Partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) where surgeons removed the hardware that had previously been placed in his leg to heal his fractured tibia. His wound dressing was changed frequently and his stitches were removed seven days after his surgery. Savon is feeling optimistic now that he can start physiotherapy to regain strength in his leg. As a result of the surgery, Savon is excited to soon resume working as a cook and support his family.

Savon traveled to our Medical Partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) where surgeons removed the hardware that had previously been placed i...

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November 17, 2020

Savon is a 34-year-old cook from Cambodia. He has been married for 13 years and has two sons who are both in school. His wife is a cashier at a restaurant. Savon enjoys exercising, playing on his phone, searching and learning things on Google, and taking his family on trips outside.

In January 2018, Savon was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a left tibia fracture. He went to a private clinic where plate screws were put into the bone. Now, his leg is healed, but the hardware needs to be removed to avoid future complications.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On November 16th, Savon will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. Once recovered, he will be able to return to daily life activities as normal.

Savon shared, “I hope that after the surgery I will feel no pain and can heal soon.”

Savon is a 34-year-old cook from Cambodia. He has been married for 13 years and has two sons who are both in school. His wife is a cashier a...

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Savon's Timeline

  • November 16, 2020

    Savon 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.

  • November 17, 2020

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

  • November 18, 2020

    Savon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 20, 2021

    Savon's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 22, 2021

    Savon's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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