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Darout is a moto driver from Cambodia who needs $230 to fund elbow fracture repair surgery.

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September 7, 2020

Darout is a 30-year-old moto driver from Cambodia. He has been married for five years and has one son and one daughter. Darout’s wife works in a local factory.

Last year, Darout collided with a truck while driving his motorcycle. The incident caused a fracture of his right elbow. After the accident, his family took him to Vietnam where screws were put in his elbow. Now, the screws are exposed, there is pus, and he can not extend his arm.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On September 7th, Darout will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will remove the screws and a wound culture will be taken to check for infection. Once healed, he will finally be able to use his arm again.

Darout says, “I hope after the screws are removed my elbow gets better and I don’t have this pus or discharge anymore.”

Darout is a 30-year-old moto driver from Cambodia. He has been married for five years and has one son and one daughter. Darout's wife works ...

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Darout's Timeline

  • September 7, 2020

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

  • September 07, 2020

    Darout was scheduled to receive 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.

  • September 08, 2020

    Darout's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Darout is currently raising funds for his treatment.

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

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ORIF / Fracture
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  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $230 for Darout's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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