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Success! Chanthy from Cambodia raised $304 to fund fracture repair surgery.

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Chanthy's treatment was fully funded on September 12, 2022.

Photo of Chanthy post-operation

September 20, 2022

Chanthy underwent fracture repair surgery.

Chanthy traveled three hours to Children’s Surgical Centre for his care, and doctors removed an orthopedic nail that was causing infection. He will rest for several days and take antibiotics to ensure the infection does not return. When his incision has healed, he will be able to start exercises from the physiotherapist to regain strength in his left leg. His life will change because he will finally be able to put weight on his leg, and can return to work to support his sons.

Chanthy said: “I am happy to have the infection gone from my leg. I have not been able to work, and it has been hard for me and my sons. Now I can find a job and feed my family. We are looking forward to going fishing again soon! Thank you to everyone who helped me to fix my leg. It is a big help for me and my family.”

Chanthy traveled three hours to Children's Surgical Centre for his care, and doctors removed an orthopedic nail that was causing infection. ...

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April 20, 2022

Chanthy is a 43-year-old construction worker. He shared that his wife passed away two years ago and he is raising their two sons, an 18-year-old and a 12-year-old. In his free time, Chanthy likes to go fishing, play football, and watch boxing on TV.

In August 2021, Chanthy was in a motorbike accident and fractured his left tibia. Chanthy had surgery at a local hospital where an external fixation device was applied. Two months later, the device was replaced with an orthopedic nail that has since caused Chanthy pain, redness, swelling and infection. It is still difficult for Chanthy to walk even with crutches.

On April 20th, Chanthy will undergo a fracture hardware removal procedure, and our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is helping Chanthy raise $304 to cover the cost of his care. This procedure will help Chanthy walk again, and return to work to support his sons.

Chanthy shared, “I hope after surgery, my leg will be fixed, and I won’t have any more pain or infection. I need to work so my sons can continue in school and I can support them.”

Chanthy is a 43-year-old construction worker. He shared that his wife passed away two years ago and he is raising their two sons, an 18-year...

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Chanthy's Timeline

  • April 20, 2022

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

  • April 20, 2022

    Chanthy 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.

  • April 21, 2022

    Chanthy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 12, 2022

    Chanthy's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 20, 2022

    Chanthy'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 $304 for Chanthy'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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