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Sarin is a woman from Cambodia who needs $230 to fund hardware removal from a leg fracture.

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March 6, 2020

Sarin is a 56-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has been married for 35 years and has two sons, one daughter, and two grandchildren. When she is not busy at the farm, she likes to cook and look after her family, watch television, and listen to the radio.

Eight months ago, Sarin was in a traffic accident and fractured her lower left leg. She received initial treatment and internal hardware to heal her fracture from a local provincial hospital. Now, she can walk easily again and is able to move her leg normally, but she needs the hardware removed.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On March 6th, Sarin will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will remove the internal hardware as Sarin’s injuries have healed normally.

“I hope that the surgeons are able to remove the pin and wire from my leg and that I will not have any pain after my operation,” Sarin shared.

Sarin is a 56-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has been married for 35 years and has two sons, one daughter, and two grandchildren. W...

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Sarin's Timeline

  • March 6, 2020

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

  • March 06, 2020

    Sarin 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.

  • March 09, 2020

    Sarin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 26, 2020

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


    Sarin is currently raising funds for her treatment.

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ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $230 for Sarin'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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Mpumwire is a farmer from Uganda. She was born into a family of eleven siblings, and they are all married and small-scale farmers. Mpumwire dropped out of school after she got pregnant and she had to remain home to take care of her child. When her child was grown to a certain age, Mpumwire took him to his father’s home. She later married another man and they had two children. When her husband decided to leave, she determined it was best for her to go to her parental home together with her children because she could no longer afford the rent. At home, Mpumwire earns a living through practicing small scale farming; she grows small gardens of onions, garlic, and other foods for their family to eat and to sell. Her mother at times supports her by paying the children’s school fees. Since two months ago, Mpumwire has been experiencing persistent severe lower abdominal pain, abnormal discharge, and prolonged mensuration. She has been diagnosed with multiple uterine myomas. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Mpumwire's surgery. On May 19th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Mpumwire will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Mpumwire says: “I hope to get better after surgery and to continue with farming because my children are still young and need my care.”

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