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Chhoeun is a construction worker from Cambodia who needs $412 to fund shoulder surgery.

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May 12, 2020

Chhoeun and his wife have three daughters, all in primary school. In addition to working at construction sites, Chhoeun raises chickens to sell at the market. He is used to being active, taking his daughters to school, and helping his wife with housework.

Four months ago, Chhoeun suffered a fall, causing his left shoulder to dislocate. He first went to a traditional Khmer healer to get treatment, but his shoulder developed an infection shortly afterwards. Since then, his shoulder has become swollen and painful, and he has lost the use of his left arm. His wife has become worried that a loss of income while Chhoeun cannot work could affect their daughters’ education.

After getting a recommendation from a neighbor, Chhoeun traveled four hours to Watsi’s Partner Children’s Surgical Centre to receive treatment. At Children’s Surgery Centre, doctors will perform open reduction surgery, in order to realign his shoulder, properly heal his dislocation, and clean up the infection. After recovery, Chhoeun will regain use of his arm with no pain.

Chhoeun said, “I am so excited to have my arm back. I hope that I can start my work again soon. I do not want to see my wife and children get worried about my shoulder anymore.”

Chhoeun and his wife have three daughters, all in primary school. In addition to working at construction sites, Chhoeun raises chickens to s...

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Chhoeun's Timeline

  • May 12, 2020

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

  • May 12, 2020

    Chhoeun 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 13, 2020

    Chhoeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 02, 2020

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


    Chhoeun is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Reduction Procedure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $412 for Chhoeun'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?

A reduction procedure is needed to correct alignment of bones. After a bone fracture, parts of the bone can become displaced or angulated.

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

Living with fractured or misaligned bones can be painful and limits functionality, which can interfere with day-to-day tasks.

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

In Cambodia, road rules are largely unregulated and traffic accidents occur frequently, often causing fractures and bone dislocations.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Reduction procedures are classified as open reduction and closed reduction. In an open reduction, surgery is performed to expose the fracture fragments at the site of the injury and realign the bones. In a closed reduction, bones are reset without surgical exposure.

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

Reduction procedures can greatly improve quality of life by reducing the pain from the fractured bone and allowing mobility and use of it.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Closed reductions have fewer risks than open reductions, as they do not carry the potential complications of any surgical exposure. Risks of closed reduction procedures include injury to nerves or blood vessels near the affected bone and blood clot formation. In addition to these, risks of open reduction also include infection and stiffness.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Reduction procedures, especially those that require surgeries, are not easily accessed or afforded by many Cambodians. Patients will travel for many hours to reach CSC for free surgical treatment.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

For patients in need of reduction procedures to reset a misaligned bone, few alternatives exist. Traditional healers are often used, but with unsuccessful results.

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