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Success! Lai from Cambodia raised $483 to fund fracture repair surgery so he can walk again.

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Lai's treatment was fully funded on January 10, 2023.
August 11, 2022

Lai is a 68-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He and his wife have one son, two daughters, and several grandchildren. His children all live in the same village near him and his wife. Lai’s wife stays home to watch their grandchildren while their children work with him on the farm. During his free time, he enjoys listening to the news, visiting the local pagoda, and drinking tea with his friends.

While walking home on a local road this past April, Lai was hit by a motor vehicle. This accident left him with a fractured tibia in his right leg. He sought medical attention at a government hospital where they placed an external fixation to stabilize the bone and gave him a cast.

Over time, his wound became infected, so he visited our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). Surgeons at their care center performed a debridement of his wound to rid his leg of the infection prior to any further surgery. He is currently unable to walk, feels poorly, and is in chronic pain. Now, he needs surgery to properly repair the fractured tibia.

Fortunately, CSC can help. On August 11th, Lai will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $483. This procedure will help him walk easily again and return to work on his farm.

Lai says, “After surgery, I hope my right leg will be fixed, I will have no pain or infection, and I will be able to walk as well.”

Lai is a 68-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He and his wife have one son, two daughters, and several grandchildren. His children all live in ...

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Lai's Timeline

  • August 11, 2022

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

  • August 11, 2022

    Lai 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.

  • August 11, 2022

    Lai's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 10, 2023

    Lai's treatment was fully funded.


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

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

ORIF / External Fixation / Fracture
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $483 for Lai'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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