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Success! Saray from Cambodia raised $230 to fund a fracture repair so his arm can heal.

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Saray's treatment was fully funded on June 14, 2022.

Photo of Saray post-operation

June 21, 2022

Saray underwent a fracture repair so his arm can heal.

Saray underwent surgery to remove the hardware from his old fracture and can finally heal now. He is thrilled that the nagging pain will disappear, and he can have full use of his arm. He will work with the physiotherapy team to increase his muscle strength and hopes to play with his children again soon.

Saray’s wife said: “thank you for all the help to help Saray recover after his accident. He was anxious to have the metal removed from his arm, so he go back to work to support our growing family. We feel lucky to have generous donors and this quality care.”

Saray underwent surgery to remove the hardware from his old fracture and can finally heal now. He is thrilled that the nagging pain will dis...

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March 1, 2022

Saray is a 34-year-old garment worker. He is married and has two daughters. Saray’s first daughter is four and his second daughter is one. His wife is a rice farmer and raises pigs.

Saray was in a car accident and fractured his left forearm. He traveled far away for surgery and screws were fixated to heal the bone. Now the bone is healed and the hardware needs to be removed so he can fully heal and prevent infection.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On March 1st, Saray will undergo a fracture hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will prevent any future complications and allow him to be fully healed.

Saray says, “I look forward to healing and returning to work so I can support my family.”

Saray is a 34-year-old garment worker. He is married and has two daughters. Saray's first daughter is four and his second daughter is one. H...

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Saray's Timeline

  • March 1, 2022

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

  • March 1, 2022

    Saray 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.

  • March 1, 2022

    Saray's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 14, 2022

    Saray's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 21, 2022

    Saray's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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