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Phanith is a father and farmer from Cambodia who needs $412 to fund shoulder surgery.

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August 4, 2020

Phanith is a 26-year-old rice farmer. He works primarily during the rainy season, and sells goods at the market during the dry season. He and his wife have a four-year-old son together. He enjoys taking his son around on his bike, and watching movies on his phone when he has free time.

A few months ago, Phanith fell while carrying a heavy pot. This accident caused a dislocation of his left shoulder. He quickly went to a traditional healer in his area, but his condition did not improve. He cannot move his arm and still feels sharp pain in his shoulder. This injury has stopped him from working.

After a recommendation from a neighbor, Phanith came to Watsi’s Medical Partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). Doctors will perform an open reduction procedure on his left shoulder. This will stop his pain and fix the dislocation, allowing him to regain movement and strength. After surgery, he will be able to easily work with his arm and hand again.

Phanith said, “I hope that my shoulder injury is not too bad, and can be fixed easily so that I can recover right away and take care of my child again.”

Phanith is a 26-year-old rice farmer. He works primarily during the rainy season, and sells goods at the market during the dry season. He an...

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Phanith's Timeline

  • August 4, 2020

    Phanith was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • August 04, 2020

    Phanith received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • August 05, 2020

    Phanith's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 24, 2020

    Awaiting Phanith's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.


    Phanith is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Reduction Procedure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $412 for Phanith'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?

A reduction procedure is needed to correct alignment of bones. After a bone fracture, parts of the bone can become displaced or angulated.

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

Living with fractured or misaligned bones can be painful and limits functionality, which can interfere with day-to-day tasks.

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

In Cambodia, road rules are largely unregulated and traffic accidents occur frequently, often causing fractures and bone dislocations.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Reduction procedures are classified as open reduction and closed reduction. In an open reduction, surgery is performed to expose the fracture fragments at the site of the injury and realign the bones. In a closed reduction, bones are reset without surgical exposure.

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

Reduction procedures can greatly improve quality of life by reducing the pain from the fractured bone and allowing mobility and use of it.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Closed reductions have fewer risks than open reductions, as they do not carry the potential complications of any surgical exposure. Risks of closed reduction procedures include injury to nerves or blood vessels near the affected bone and blood clot formation. In addition to these, risks of open reduction also include infection and stiffness.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Reduction procedures, especially those that require surgeries, are not easily accessed or afforded by many Cambodians. Patients will travel for many hours to reach CSC for free surgical treatment.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

For patients in need of reduction procedures to reset a misaligned bone, few alternatives exist. Traditional healers are often used, but with unsuccessful results.

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