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Success! To from Cambodia raised $465 to fund a fracture repair on his right hand.

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To's treatment was fully funded on April 5, 2021.

Photo of To post-operation

March 26, 2021

To underwent a fracture repair on his right hand.

To and his family traveled eight hours to Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) where surgeons inserted a plate and screws in his fractured humerus. Post-operatively, To can expect to experience some residual pain while the bone heals, but the swelling in his arm and hand will decrease in a few weeks. Surgeons are hopeful the radial nerve was saved and that To will resume use of his hand with support from physiotherapy to strengthen his muscles and increase flexibility. To was thankful to all the CSC staff for fixing his arm and hand.

To’s family shared, “We are so pleased that he had a good result, can return to his job, enjoy his work and increase income to support the family.”

To and his family traveled eight hours to Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) where surgeons inserted a plate and screws in his fractured humer...

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January 17, 2021

To is a 57-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He has been married for 12 years and has 3 sons and 2 daughters. His oldest child is in the ninth grade, while the others are not in school yet. To’s wife works as a vegetable seller. In his free time, To enjoys working around the house, taking care of his children, and helping his wife to sell vegetables.

In August 2020, To was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture in his right hand. His family took him to a provincial hospital for wound repair, where he stayed for ten days. After this, To tried a Khmer traditional treatment, but it proved ineffective and the fracture did not heal. His relatives told him to come to Children’s Surgical Center, our medical partner’s care center, for treatment. There, surgeons assessed that his fracture is still mobile and he cannot use his hand. He has wrist drop and muscle atrophy, and is in chronic pain.

On January 18th, To will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. Surgeons plan to conduct an ORIF (open reduction internal fixation) technique and will put a plate, screws and a bone graft in his hand. In addition, they will explore the radial nerve to assess for any damage. This procedure will help him to use his hand again so that he can work to support his family.

To shared, “I hope that my hand will be fixed with a good result, and I will have no more pain. I wish I could be working but need my hand to heal first.”

To is a 57-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He has been married for 12 years and has 3 sons and 2 daughters. His oldest child is in the ninth ...

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To's Timeline

  • January 17, 2021

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

  • January 18, 2021

    To 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.

  • January 19, 2021

    To's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 26, 2021

    To's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 5, 2021

    To's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $465 for To'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 in need of open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) surgeries experience painful fractures or recurrent dislocations. Usually, these injuries result from traffic accidents or other trauma injuries.

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

Living with an abnormal or deformed bone limits function and can interfere with daily activities. It is also extremely painful.

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

Due to lack of helmet usage and weak enforcement of traffic laws, there is a high rate of traffic accidents in Cambodia. This causes many of the fractures and bone dislocations our medical partner sees.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The deformed or abnormal bone is broken and correctly aligned, and any fragments are fixed. Following the realignment of the bone, metal plates, pins, rods, wires, or screws are attached to the bone for stabilization as the internal fixation.

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

Patients will experience restored function and mobility and reduced pain. Patients regain independence and return to work, school, and family life.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Complications from this surgery are rare but include infection, nerve damage, blood clots, and tissue irritation from the hardware.

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 hospital treatment. Many patients are referred to CSC by word of mouth.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There is no alternative care for this treatment.

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