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Success! Reaksmey from Cambodia raised $304 to fund hardware removal surgery so he can fully recover from surgery.

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Reaksmey's treatment was fully funded on December 28, 2022.

Photo of Reaksmey post-operation

January 4, 2023

Reaksmey underwent hardware removal surgery so he can fully recover from surgery.

Reaksmey had a quick surgical procedure to remove the hardware from his femur fracture. He will undergo a short period of antibiotics to reduce the chance of infection, and start physiotherapy to gain strength and flexion of his leg. Recovery will take approximately six weeks. He hopes to walk unaided and return to his farm as soon as his surgical incision has healed.

Reaksmey’s wife said: “We are glad Reaksmey’s leg will finally be better, and it was time to take out the metal so he can fully heal. He wants to work hard in the fields to help our family. Thank you to the CSC staff and all the people who helped him.”

Reaksmey had a quick surgical procedure to remove the hardware from his femur fracture. He will undergo a short period of antibiotics to re...

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November 16, 2022

Reaksmey is a 38-year-old rice farmer and musician from Cambodia. He is married and his wife works in a garment factory. The couple has two daughters, ages 19 and 13.

In November 2014, Reaksmey was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture of both hips. After the accident, he visited a government hospital where doctors fixated hardware to heal the fractures. Now that the fractures are healed, the hardware needs to be removed to prevent future complications.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), can help. On November 16th, Reaksmey will undergo a hardware removal procedure. After the procedure, he will be fully recovered from his accident. Now, he needs help raising $304 to fund his procedure and care.

Reaksmey shared, “I hope I can recover quickly so I can return to work to support my family.”

Reaksmey is a 38-year-old rice farmer and musician from Cambodia. He is married and his wife works in a garment factory. The couple has two ...

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Reaksmey's Timeline

  • November 16, 2022

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

  • November 16, 2022

    Reaksmey received 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.

  • November 18, 2022

    Reaksmey's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 28, 2022

    Reaksmey's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 4, 2023

    Reaksmey's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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