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Success! Chamroeurn from Cambodia raised $465 to fund mobility restoring surgery for his fractured hand.

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Chamroeurn's treatment was fully funded on January 14, 2021.

Photo of Chamroeurn post-operation

July 23, 2020

Chamroeurn underwent mobility restoring surgery for his fractured hand.

Chamroeurn’s surgery went well. His wound is healing normally and after 10 days his sutures will be removed. After that he will begin a physiotherapy program to ensure that he regains normal muscle movement and full range of motion in his hand.

Chamroeurn shared, “I am happy that I can work normally again and begin to support my family once I return home.”

Chamroeurn's surgery went well. His wound is healing normally and after 10 days his sutures will be removed. After that he will begin a phys...

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July 14, 2020

Chamroeurn is a 25-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. He is the son of farmers and has two brothers and one sister. He works in a factory where stone is processed for construction. In his free time he enjoys playing football, listening to music, playing games on his phone, and helping his family around the house.

In April, Chamroeurn sustained a workplace injury on his left hand while he was operating a large machine. He first sought help from a private clinic three months ago but their treatment attempts were unsuccessful. He cannot use his hand and is in a lot of pain.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On July 14, Chamroeurn will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will heal his injured hand and allow him to regain full use.

“I hope after surgery my hand will feel well and I can use it again at work. Since this injury I have not been able to earn money to support my family,” shared Chamroeurn.

Chamroeurn is a 25-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. He is the son of farmers and has two brothers and one sister. He works in a factor...

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Chamroeurn's Timeline

  • July 14, 2020

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

  • July 14, 2020

    Chamroeurn 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 15, 2020

    Chamroeurn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 23, 2020

    Chamroeurn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 14, 2021

    Chamroeurn's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $465 for Chamroeurn'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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Zaw is a 40-year-old man from Thailand. He lives by himself in a hut on his employer's land on the Thai-Burma border and he harvests sugarcane for a living. He is paid 45 baht (approx. $1.50 USD) per bundle of harvested sugarcane, with each bundle containing 200 canes. He shared that the income he earns in a month is not enough to cover his basic needs, and has recently had to borrow funds to purchase food. Last Wednesday, Zaw decided to go home on his bicycle during his lunch break. While riding his bicycle, a dog started to chase him. He put his feet up on the handlebar so that the dog would not bite his legs. But while his feet were still on the handlebar, three cars drove towards him on the narrow road. Zaw swerved to avoid the cars and lost his balance, falling into the drainage ditch on the side of the road. The villagers who had seen him fall ran to the side of the ditch to check on him. When Zaw tried to stand up, he had difficulty breathing and had to sit down due to the pain in his abdomen. Since the accident, Zaw feels worse. He still has difficulty breathing, and he suffers from abdominal pain. He cannot stand up, has difficulty sitting up, and has difficulty eating or drinking water. Doctors want Zaw to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Zaw's CT scan and care, scheduled for March 26th. “When I get better I will continue working,” he said. “I also have to pay back my debt.”

10% funded

$369to go

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