Seng Hong is a 23-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He lives in Kampong Cham province with his family. His father also works in construction, his mother makes and sells Khmer sweets in the village or at the market, and his younger sister is in school. He works hard in construction, and after work, he likes to hang out in the backyard with his friends and listen to music.
Eleven months ago, Seng Hong fell off the back of a tractor and fractured his humerus (upper arm bone) and wrist in his right arm. He could not afford surgery at that time and did not seek care until three months ago when he had a pin placed at a government hospital to stabilize the bone due to his inability to use his arm for work. Soon thereafter, the affected area became swollen, red, and warm to the touch. Seng Hong experiences increased pain and oozing of pus at the surgical site. Now, the hardware is exposed and infected. It is difficult for him to use the hand and he in chronic pain.
Fortunately, our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On August 18th, Seng Hong will undergo a hardware removal procedure at CSC’s care center. This procedure will clean out the infected area, and remove any necrotic tissue and hardware if it is contributing to the infection. Seng Hong is contributing $100 to his treatment, and CSC is requesting the remaining $304.
Seng Hong said: “after surgery I hope the pus and pain goes away and I can use my arm to help my father in construction.”