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Success! Vuth from Cambodia raised $230 to fund fracture repair surgery.

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Vuth's treatment was fully funded on October 8, 2021.

Photo of Vuth post-operation

August 4, 2021

Vuth underwent hardware removal and fracture repair surgery.

Vuth traveled six hours to our medical partner CSC to have her hardware removal procedure. She is relieved that the infected hardware has finally been removed and she is feeling well. Now Vuth will be able to travel again, visit her grandchildren, and cook for them.

Vuth said: “I will be able to walk without pain, and I hope I can get my diabetes under control with the constant infection. Thank you to everyone who helped.”

Vuth traveled six hours to our medical partner CSC to have her hardware removal procedure. She is relieved that the infected hardware has fi...

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June 25, 2021

Vuth is a 58-year-old farmer with four sons and one daughter, all of whom are married and living elsewhere. She and her husband work seasonally, so she is able to have time to visit her children and grandchildren. She loves to make special cakes to bring for her grandchildren to eat.

In 2019, Vuth was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture in her right leg. She visited a local NGO hospital, where doctors implanted hardware in her leg to heal the fracture. Due to complications from diabetes, her leg did not heal well and eventually became infected. Vuth is now experiencing difficulty walking, and the hardware may become exposed.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On June 25th, Vuth will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will finally heal her fracture, remove the infected hardware, and help her walk with ease again.

Vuth is excited for her treatment, “I hope this surgery will help me become strong again, so that I can keep traveling to see my children and grandchildren.”

Vuth is a 58-year-old farmer with four sons and one daughter, all of whom are married and living elsewhere. She and her husband work seasona...

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Vuth's Timeline

  • June 25, 2021

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

  • June 25, 2021

    Vuth 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.

  • June 26, 2021

    Vuth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 4, 2021

    Vuth's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 8, 2021

    Vuth's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $230 for Vuth'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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Thein is a 42-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband, son, daughter, mother-in-law and step-granddaughter in Palu Village, Myawaddy Township, Karen State, Burma. Thein’s husband is still recovering from an illness and is also looking after her as her caregiver. Her mother-in-law has impaired vision and is looked after by her children. Her two children stopped going to school in 2020, when schools closed due to COVID-19. After the coup in February 2021, their school never reopened. Thein works as a day laborer and as a farmer, but she has not been able to plant anything this year. In December 2021, she and her family had to flee their village for a month due to armed clashes in their village. After they were able to return, Thein was too scared to go to her farmland since she had been told that the area around the village is full of landmines. It has been a very difficult time for their family as Thein’s house was also destroyed during the armed clashes in their village. They are currently living with Thein’s mother-in-law, whose house partially survived the recent violence and destruction. Thein's family currently lives off of donations that Palu villagers receive as internally displaced peoples (IDPs), and the rice they harvested last year before they had to flee. Since July 2021, Thein has been experiencing backpain when she sits or lays down. She feels better when she is standing or walking. After she eats, she feels bloated and uncomfortable. She has been diagnosed with large abdominal endometriosis. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Thein's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Thein is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on July 20th. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered she will no longer be in pain and will be able to sit and lie down comfortably. Despite the hard moment they are in, Thein tries to stay hopeful about rebuilding her life: “When I recover fully, I want to go back to work so that I can earn money. I want to rebuild my house and live there with my family.”

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