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Success! Bun Doeun from Cambodia raised $304 to fund hardware removal to heal his fractured leg.

Bun Doeun
  • $304 raised, $0 to go
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Bun Doeun's treatment was fully funded on November 19, 2022.

Photo of Bun Doeun post-operation

December 1, 2022

Bun Doeun underwent hardware removal surgery to heal his fractured leg.

Bun Doeun had successful surgery to remove the hardware from his right leg. Although his femur was completely healed, he continued to have a nagging ache and was relieved to have it removed. He will rest for several days, and begin physiotherapy exercises soon. After this, he will be able to return to his farm to support his growing family.

Bun Doeun’s wife said, “We are all grateful for the care he received. I am happy my husband’s leg will be completely healed, and we can work together on the farm. I can spend more time with our son, and he can be outside. We want to thank the staff and the donors who made this possible for Bun Doeun.”

Bun Doeun had successful surgery to remove the hardware from his right leg. Although his femur was completely healed, he continued to have a...

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June 3, 2022

Bun Doeun is a 20-year-old rice farmer, living with his wife and one year old son. His wife is also a rice farmer and they work hard to support their new family. Bun Doeun enjoys fishing, playing football, and hanging out with his friends.

Some time ago, Bun Doeun was in a motor vehicle accident that fractured his right femur. After the accident, a nail was inserted to aid in the healing of the fracture. Now his femur is healed, and the nail needs to be removed to prevent future complications.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On June 3rd, Bun Doeun will undergo hardware removal surgery at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. Children’s Surgical Centre is requesting $304 to fund this procedure, which will allow Bun Doeun to walk easily, and to heal completely.

Bun Doeun said: “I hope my leg recovers well, I am free of pain, and I can return home soon.”

Bun Doeun is a 20-year-old rice farmer, living with his wife and one year old son. His wife is also a rice farmer and they work hard to supp...

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Bun Doeun's Timeline

  • June 3, 2022

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

  • June 3, 2022

    Bun Doeun 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.

  • June 9, 2022

    Bun Doeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 19, 2022

    Bun Doeun's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 1, 2022

    Bun Doeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

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