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Success! Sophan from Cambodia raised $1,025 to fund a hip replacement.

Sophan
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$1,025
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$0
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Fully funded
Sophan's treatment was fully funded on March 6, 2018.

Photo of Sophan post-operation

January 12, 2018

Sophan underwent a hip replacement.

Sophan is recovering very well from surgery and is expected to have full mobility (without crutches) in another day or so. He looks forward to being able to walk and do things around the house without pain.

He says, “Thank you for helping me; I am happy as I’m not feeling pain like before.”

Sophan is recovering very well from surgery and is expected to have full mobility (without crutches) in another day or so. He looks forward ...

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January 8, 2018

Sophan is a 54-year-old government worker from Cambodia. He loves to read text books and watch TV, especially boxing channels.

He has had severe pain in his left hip for over a year, and he is now limping. He has difficulty walking. He can no longer work. His wife is worried about his pain.

Fortunately, Sophan learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Sophan of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for January 9, and Sophan needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure.

He says, “After surgery, I hope I can walk pain-free.”

Sophan is a 54-year-old government worker from Cambodia. He loves to read text books and watch TV, especially boxing channels. He has had...

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Sophan's Timeline

  • January 8, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sophan was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • January 9, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sophan 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.

  • January 9, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sophan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 12, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sophan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 6, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sophan's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 23 donors

Funded by 23 donors

Treatment
Hip Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,025 for Sophan's treatment
Hospital Fees
$160
Medical Staff
$517
Medication
$0
Supplies
$340
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients typically experience severe hip pain and difficulty walking or standing. By the time Children's Surgical Centre provides treatment, patients have often lived with these symptoms for months or more. A total hip replacement (THR) treats hips that are severely damaged and therefore not amenable to other forms of treatment.

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

Patients may not be able to walk or walk normally. Physical activity is extremely restricted, making any movement painful. This prevents patients from carrying out daily life, going to work, attending school, or taking care of themselves and their families.

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

Many Cambodians use motorbikes as their main form of transportation. Because of weak traffic laws, motorbike accidents are common. Injured individuals who cannot afford treatment often self-medicate or rely on Khmer traditional healers. Their fractures never heal, and patients live with the pain. Steroids are a common painkiller in Cambodia. No prescription is required. Individuals who do intense physical labor take steroids regularly, which restricts blood flow to the joints. This causes bone tissue death and tiny bone breaks, making bones more susceptible to breaks and fractures.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

During a hip replacement, doctors replace both the acetabulum (hipbone socket) and femoral head (head of the femur) with prosthetic implants. Doctors remove the dead or broken bone. A cup is inserted into the acetabulum, and a metal hip prosthesis is inserted into the femur.

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

The patient will be able to walk independently without pain, improving quality of life.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Severe disability, arthritis, and avascular necrosis of the hip can be successfully treated by a THR. This treatment is highly effective, with few risks.

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

Most Cambodians visit Khmer traditional healers before seeking modern medical care. As recently as ten years ago, a THR was unavailable in Cambodia. Children's Surgical Centre is one of the few centers that provides this procedure.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Younger patients can elect to undergo hip fusion surgery and postpone the THR until later in life. The duration of the prosthesis is 10-15 years.

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33% funded

33%funded
$156raised
$309to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Rin

Rin is a 47-year-old farmer. Rin and his wife have three children, one son, two daughters, and one grandchild. His daughters are married, his son still lives at home and is a cook at a local restaurant. In 2019, Rin was hit by a car while on his motorcycle and fractured his right tibia and fibula. He was treated for his fracture at a local hospital, with external fixation of the bones to repair his fracture. A year later, the external fixation was removed, he had a fever and active infection, and his bones did not heal properly. On the advice of his neighbor, he visited Children's Surgical Centre in June and was given antibiotics for a month to clear up the infection prior to any surgery. He was not able to return until December due to the coronavirus lockdown and provincial restrictions for travel. He's unable to put weight on his leg and must use crutches. He feels unwell most of the time and has swelling and pain. His leg has not healed properly - it is bowed and the bone is freely moveable. Right now he cannot work on his farm or make money to feed his family. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On December 14th, Rin will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. Proper correction and alignment of his bones will help him return to full function and to farming to support his family. "I hope after surgery my leg will finally heal, and I will be able to walk again. I want to work on my farm to feed my family and make sure my grandchild will go to school."

33% funded

33%funded
$156raised
$309to go