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Success! Votey from Cambodia raised $465 to fund fracture repair surgery following an accident.

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Votey's treatment was fully funded on January 27, 2022.

Photo of Votey post-operation

February 4, 2022

Votey underwent fracture repair surgery following an accident.

Votey traveled to our medical partner for complex surgery to repair the fracture and injured nerve in her forearm. Fortunately, the nerve damage was minimal, and her wrist will slowly improve. She will remain at the hospital until surgeons are sure she has no complications and will work with the physiotherapy team to slowly increase strength and flexibility as her nerve regenerates. Although it may take many months for a complete recovery, Votey is now much more optimistic that her arm function will return, and that she can care for herself independently. She hopes to find a job and have her normal life again.

Votey said: “Thank you to the CSC staff for trying your best to help me improve my health. My life will be better and I hope I can work to care for my son. Thank you to the donors who helped me get my hand repaired.”

Votey traveled to our medical partner for complex surgery to repair the fracture and injured nerve in her forearm. Fortunately, the nerve da...

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January 5, 2022

Votey is a 30-year-old woman who has worked in a factory in her local province of Cambodia until recently. Votey shared that she has experienced difficult tragedy in her family over the past year. She was married with a son and daughter, but her husband and daughter passed away in a road accident in 2020.

Then in October 2021, Votey was in a motorbike accident and fractured her left humerus (upper arm). As a result, she has pain and nerve damage in her left hand and wrist and now cannot work or dress on her own. Votey shared that she is trying to care for her 10-year-old son but it has been hard to keep him well fed and in school.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), can help Votey receive the treatment she needs. On January 5th, she will undergo a fracture repair procedure that will heal her fracture so she can use her arm again. CSC is requesting $465 to fund her procedure.

Votey said, “After surgery, I hope I can use my arm again. It is very hard to care for my son, and I feel very sad about my life.”

Votey is a 30-year-old woman who has worked in a factory in her local province of Cambodia until recently. Votey shared that she has experie...

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Votey's Timeline

  • January 5, 2022

    Votey was submitted by Ellen Interlandi, Volunteer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • January 5, 2022

    Votey 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 7, 2022

    Votey's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 27, 2022

    Votey's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 4, 2022

    Votey's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $465 for Votey'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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