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Success! Nimol from Cambodia raised $230 to fund fracture repair hardware removal.

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Nimol's treatment was fully funded on May 7, 2020.

Photo of Nimol post-operation

March 26, 2020

Nimol underwent fracture repair hardware removal.

Nimol successfully completed surgery, and the plates and screws in his left leg have been removed. Surgery has relieved Nimol of his pain, and allowed him to improve his quality of life so he can walk and return to work again. His family is happy that he was able to receive treatment, and the doctors are looking forward to seeing him in three months time for Nimol’s follow-up appointment.

He shared, “I am so happy that I can walk and return to work easily again, and that my bones have finally healed.”

Nimol successfully completed surgery, and the plates and screws in his left leg have been removed. Surgery has relieved Nimol of his pain, a...

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February 21, 2020

Nimol is a 24-year-old carpenter from Cambodia. He has two older brothers and an older sister and enjoys playing soccer, listening to music, and going for walks with his friends.

In December 2018, Nimol was in a motorcycle accident and fractured in lower left leg. He sought initial treatment for his injuries at a provincial hospital where doctors fitted Nimol with internal hardware to help his fracture heal. Now, his bones have healed properly and Nimol needs the hardware to be removed so he can feel comfortable again.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On February 21st, Nimol will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. Treatment will remove the internal hardware and allow him to walk with comfort.

Nimol shared, “I hope that the plate and screws will be removed and my bones will be healed without anymore pain.”

Nimol is a 24-year-old carpenter from Cambodia. He has two older brothers and an older sister and enjoys playing soccer, listening to music,...

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Nimol's Timeline

  • February 21, 2020

    Nimol was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • February 21, 2020

    Nimol 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 24, 2020

    Nimol's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 26, 2020

    Nimol's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 07, 2020

    Nimol's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

ORIF / Fracture
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  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $230 for Nimol'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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