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Thai is a security guard from Cambodia who needs $465 to fund fracture repair on his tibia.

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May 11, 2020

Thai is a 28-year-old security guard from Cambodia. When he was young, his parents were divorced and he lives with his mother, who works as a cleaner in a local company in Phnom Penh. Thai does everything around the house to help take care of his mom and when he is not working, he enjoys listening to music.

Five months ago, Thai was in a motor vehicle accident that caused an open fracture in his left tibia. He went to get treatment at a local hospital, however, his fracture has yet to heal. After treatment the bone was still rotated. Thai experiences pain and cannot walk well. Furthermore he is at risk of infection.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On May 11th, Thai will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. The surgery will set Thai on the quick path to recovery, helping him walk again and regain strength in his leg.

Thai said, “My mother is so worried that I cannot help her anymore, and that I cannot continue my work. Once my leg is healed and I have no pain, I want to help her again too.”

Thai is a 28-year-old security guard from Cambodia. When he was young, his parents were divorced and he lives with his mother, who works as ...

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Thai's Timeline

  • May 11, 2020

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

  • May 11, 2020

    Thai 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.

  • May 12, 2020

    Thai's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 02, 2020

    Awaiting Thai's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.


    Thai is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $465 for Thai'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 in need of open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) surgeries experience painful fractures or recurrent dislocations. Usually, these injuries result from traffic accidents or other trauma injuries.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Living with an abnormal or deformed bone limits function and can interfere with daily activities. It is also extremely painful.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Due to lack of helmet usage and weak enforcement of traffic laws, there is a high rate of traffic accidents in Cambodia. This causes many of the fractures and bone dislocations our medical partner sees.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The deformed or abnormal bone is broken and correctly aligned, and any fragments are fixed. Following the realignment of the bone, metal plates, pins, rods, wires, or screws are attached to the bone for stabilization as the internal fixation.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Patients will experience restored function and mobility and reduced pain. Patients regain independence and return to work, school, and family life.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Complications from this surgery are rare but include infection, nerve damage, blood clots, and tissue irritation from the hardware.

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 hospital treatment. Many patients are referred to CSC by word of mouth.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There is no alternative care for this treatment.

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