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Thin is 49-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia who needs $230 to fund hardware removal from his left tibia.

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July 7, 2020

Thin is a 49-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He and his wife have been married for 20 years and have three sons together. His sons have had to stop their schooling so that they can help work and raise more money for the family. Thin spends most of his time working and taking care of his animals, but he also enjoys listening to the radio in his free time.

In July 2019, Thin was in a motor accident in which he suffered a fractured left tibia. His family took him to a local private clinic, where his fracture was repaired by the fixation of a nail to the bone. He has since healed well and feels no pain, but the nail now needs to be removed to avoid future risks.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On July 7th, Thin will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. After this procedure, he will no longer be at risk of complications such as infection or nerve damage.

Thin shared, “I am thankful that my leg has healed so well, and that I have this opportunity for more care from doctors so that I am well. I hope that the surgery goes well and I can walk easily.”

Thin is a 49-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He and his wife have been married for 20 years and have three sons together. His sons have ...

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Thin's Timeline

  • July 7, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 07, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Thin 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.

  • July 08, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 13, 2020
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Thin is currently raising funds for his treatment.

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Treatment
ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $230 for Thin's treatment
Hospital Fees
$35
Medical Staff
$147
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • 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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