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Piseth is a 21-year-old construction worker from Cambodia who needs $304 to fund fracture hardware removal surgery so he can walk easily again.

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June 2, 2022

Piseth is a 21-year-old construction worker. His parents are rice farmers, and he has two brothers. In his free time, Piseth enjoys playing football, listening to music, and helping his family at home.

In June 2021, Piseth was in a traffic accident where he fractured his left leg. After the accident, he visited a clinic where they placed screws in his leg. The fracture has since healed, but the wound site has become infected. Piseth is unable to walk or work, and experiences pain.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, are able to help. On June 2nd, Piseth will undergo a surgical procedure where surgeons will remove the hardware and treat the infected wound so he can walk easily again. Now, Piseth needs help raising $304 to fund his procedure and care.

Piseth shared, “I hope I can walk without crutches after my surgery and be free from this pain.”

Piseth is a 21-year-old construction worker. His parents are rice farmers, and he has two brothers. In his free time, Piseth enjoys playing ...

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Piseth's Timeline

  • June 2, 2022

    Piseth was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • June 2, 2022

    Piseth was scheduled to receive treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre in Cambodia. 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.

  • June 3, 2022

    Piseth's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Piseth is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD

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

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

ORIF / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $304 for Piseth'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 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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