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Success! Lim from Cambodia raised $497 to fund hip surgery.

Lim
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  • $497 raised, $0 to go
$497
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Lim's treatment was fully funded on May 1, 2018.

Photo of Lim post-operation

March 26, 2018

Lim underwent hip surgery.

Lim’s surgery went well and she’s been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in her hip. Surgery will allow Lim to greatly improve her quality of life and allow her to walk and work without pain.

“I am very happy with the results of the surgery. I am feeling more comfortable and looking forward to going home.”

Lim's surgery went well and she's been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in her hip. Surgery will all...

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March 13, 2018

Lim is a 53-year-old woman from Cambodia. She has one son and three daughters. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and relaxing at home when she is not working.

About two years ago, she was in a car accident that caused a hip dislocation. She had the dislocation treated, but doctors discovered that she has osteoarthritis of the hip, which causes her chronic pain. She has difficulty walking on her own. She needs an arthroplasty procedure to help her regain her mobility.

Fortunately, Lim is scheduled to undergo surgery at our medical partner’s care center on March 14. She needs help raising $497 to fund this procedure. She looks forward to being able to walk without pain after surgery.

She says, “I hope I can move without pain and return to work soon.”

Lim is a 53-year-old woman from Cambodia. She has one son and three daughters. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and relaxing at home when she ...

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Lim's Timeline

  • March 13, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Lim was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • March 14, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lim received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • March 15, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lim's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 26, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lim's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 01, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lim's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Arthroplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $497 for Lim's treatment
Hospital Fees
$86
Medical Staff
$363
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

An arthroplasty is performed when a joint is destroyed, causing severe pain and difficulty walking. Joints may become damaged through fracture, trauma, degenerative joint disease, or congenital hip dysplasia. Other possible reasons include conditions developed during growth, such as Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, and avascular necrosis.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

When patients have destroyed joints, they experience pain and are immobile. This typically prevents them from working and supporting their families.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Traffic accidents are a leading cause of disability and death in Cambodia. Cambodian roads are in poor condition, and drivers are rarely safe. Fractures, dislocations, and trauma from traffic accidents are not uncommon in Cambodia.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

In order to replace a destroyed joint, surgeons must completely remove it. An incision is made over the affected joint, and dissection is carefully performed down to the bone. A saw is then used to carefully cut the ends of the joint away. The deformed, arthritic bone is removed. In some cases, an artificial metal prosthesis is then fitted to the ends of the bone and secured. A plastic bearing is then placed between the two metal ends of the joint so that the joint can move with low friction. The wound is closed. The patient will typically receive physical therapy, teaching him or her range of motion exercises and strengthening techniques.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The patient is able to walk without pain and can return to work to support his or her family.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Surgery always carries a risk of a death, but such a complication is very unlikely. This surgery is highly successful.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Surgical treatment is not easily accessible in rural Cambodia. In cities, it is too expensive for many patients to afford. Patients travel anywhere from 30 minutes to eight hours to reach Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment. They learn about CSC from family members or neighbors who have received treatment there. They travel with their family members via motorcycle or taxi.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients seek Khmer traditional medicine. They visit local healers, who provide topical and consumable treatment that is often not effective.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.