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Success! La from Cambodia raised $230 to fund hardware removal surgery to heal a fracture.

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La's treatment was fully funded on November 7, 2021.

Photo of La post-operation

September 3, 2021

La underwent fracture hardware removal surgery to heal a fracture.

La’s hardware removal surgery was a success! As part of his recovery process, La will work with the physiotherapy team to increase the muscle strength in his leg. He is relieved that his aches and pains will disappear and hopes to play with his children again soon.

La shared, “Thank you to the strangers who help Cambodians like me to have a better life. I will be able to walk better after surgery and make money to support my family.”

La's hardware removal surgery was a success! As part of his recovery process, La will work with the physiotherapy team to increase the muscl...

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August 3, 2021

La is a 47-year-old farmer who lives with his wife and three children. He normally works seasonally, and when he is not working he likes to play sports with his children, plant vegetables, and listen to the radio for news and shows about politics.

Six years ago, La was in a motor vehicle accident that caused multiple fractures in his left leg. His family brought him to a local government hospital, where doctors fixated hardware to heal his fracture. The bone healed well over the years, but the presence of the hardware puts him at risk of future complications.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), can help. On August 3rd, La will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will help him heal fully and walk in comfort. CSC is requesting $230 to fund the surgery.

La shares, “I am excited to feel no more pain in my leg, and to play with my kids in comfort again.”

La is a 47-year-old farmer who lives with his wife and three children. He normally works seasonally, and when he is not working he likes to ...

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La's Timeline

  • August 3, 2021

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

  • August 3, 2021

    La 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.

  • August 4, 2021

    La's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 3, 2021

    La's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 7, 2021

    La's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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