Nun, who is 19 years old and a construction worker, lives with his parents and three siblings in Kampong Speu province. Nun’s parents are rice farmers, while his 18 year old brother is a hairdresser. His two youngest siblings are not yet old enough to attend school.
In July, while he was on his way home from work, Nun’s motorbike was hit from behind by a car, and his left femur was shattered. His parents took him to a local government hospital, but as they could not afford the cost of surgery, Nun visited a local Khmer traditional healer. After three months, he still suffers from weakness and pain, and is unable to walk or return to his construction job. A local tuk-tuk driver brought him to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, for treatment. His leg was put in traction to reduce the fracture and to help align the fragmented bones. However, fracture reduction surgery is essential to ensure that the bone heals properly, and that permanent functional loss or disability is avoided.
Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On October 20th, Nun will undergo a fracture repair procedure at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, which will cost $483. This surgery will physically reconnect his fractured bone with wires, enabling Nun to walk again.
Nun said: “I hope I can walk again so I can return to work and helping my family.”