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Success! Long from Cambodia raised $230 to fund fracture hardware surgery to help heal his leg.

  • $230 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Long's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2021.

Photo of Long post-operation

January 10, 2022

Long underwent surgery to heal his leg.

Long’s surgery was a success! After years of discomfort from the hardware in his leg, Long feels relief that it is finally removed. He has returned home and will look for work in construction. Long shared he is also happy that he can play football again with his friends and wants to be careful to make sure he does not break any other bones!

Long said, “I am relieved to have my leg normal again. I want to find a job and be able to support my life and get married. Thank you to the staff who took good care of me and to the people who helped pay for my care.”

Long's surgery was a success! After years of discomfort from the hardware in his leg, Long feels relief that it is finally removed. He has r...

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November 3, 2021

Long is a 21-year-old garment worker. He has one brother and one sister. They have a hard-working family, Long’s sister is a farmer and his brother is a construction worker.

In April 2018, Long was in a motor vehicle accident that caused head trauma and a left femur fracture. A nail was fixated to the femur to heal the fracture. Now, the bone is healed and the hardware needs to be removed to prevent future complications.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On November 3rd, Long will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will allow him to walk easily again.

Long says, “I hope after the nail is removed my leg will be free of pain and I can recover soon.”

Long is a 21-year-old garment worker. He has one brother and one sister. They have a hard-working family, Long's sister is a farmer and his ...

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Long's Timeline

  • November 3, 2021

    Long was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • November 3, 2021

    Long received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre in Cambodia. 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 4, 2021

    Long's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2021

    Long's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 10, 2022

    Long's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $230 for Long'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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Zin is a 15-year-old boy who lives with his parents and two younger sisters in Tak Province in Thailand. He and his sisters are all students. His father is an agriculture day laborer and his mother is a homemaker. In his free time, Zin likes to play football with his friends. He also helps his father with his work when he has time to earn pocket money. Early morning on December 28th, Zin and his friend rode out on his friend's motorcycle to the field to help Zin's father. While driving on the dirt road, Zin's friend suddenly lost control and their motorcycle slide off the road. Zin, who was sitting behind his friend, hit his leg against a metal post beside the road andthey both fell off the motorcycle. Currently, Zin is experiencing a lot of pain in his left thigh and hip. He cannot move his leg, walk, nor go to the bathroom by himself. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Zin will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The emergency procedure is scheduled for December 28th and will cost $1,500. This treatment will help Zin heal, regain mobility in his left leg, and live pain free. He will be able to take care of himself again without requiring help from others. Zin's mother said, "I was very worried when I learned that I would need to deposit a large amount of money so that my son could receive surgery. We do not even have enough money to buy enough food to last us until the end of the month. I really needed your help and I was extremely happy when I saw your staff and was told that donors could help pay for my son's treatment! Thank you in advance to all the donors and the organization for helping my son!"

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