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Success! Hort from Cambodia raised $230 to fund hardware removal surgery.

  • $230 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Hort's treatment was fully funded on November 23, 2021.

Photo of Hort post-operation

November 30, 2021

Hort underwent hardware removal surgery.

Hort’s surgery was a success! The orthopedic surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), removed the hardware from his left femur. The physiotherapist team also provided Hort with exercises to help him gain strength back in his leg. Hort expressed great satisfaction with the results of his surgery and looks forward to returning to his job to send money to support his family in the province.

Hort shared with a huge smile, “After more than four years with pain, I am able to walk again without pain, and can return to work. I am very excited my leg is finally healed. I can care for myself, and work to support myself and my family at home. Thank you to everyone who helped me to fix my leg.”

Hort's surgery was a success! The orthopedic surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), removed the hardware from hi...

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August 30, 2021

Hort is a 25-year-old ice seller. He was born in a remote province and moved to the capital city of Cambodia for work. He has one older brother who he currently lives with.

In April 2017, he was in a motor vehicle accident and fractured his left femur. He went to a government hospital where doctors inserted hardware to heal his fracture. He was then seen at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), in June 2019 where he received a bone graft.

Now, Hort has returned to CSC because the fracture has healed and he needs the hardware removed from his leg to limit future complications and have full mobility. On August 30th, Hort will undergo a hardware removal procedure. Now, he needs help raising $230 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

Hort shared that he hopes the hardware will be removed and his wound will heal quickly.

Hort is a 25-year-old ice seller. He was born in a remote province and moved to the capital city of Cambodia for work. He has one older brot...

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Hort's Timeline

  • August 30, 2021

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

  • August 30, 2021

    Hort 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.

  • September 1, 2021

    Hort's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 23, 2021

    Hort's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 30, 2021

    Hort'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 Hort'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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