Dalin is a 14-year-old student from Takeo Province of Cambodia. She is the oldest of three sisters in her family. She loves to study Khmer literature in school and works hard taking care of her younger siblings. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up.
Dalin was born with a dysplastic hip condition that causes her pain and limits her ability to walk. Previous forms of treatment have been unsuccessful. Her family has become worried that this will be a life-long disability for Dalin, one that will require crutches and will keep her away from school. She is not confident playing with her classmates, and day-by-day her pain increases.
Surgeons at Watsi’s Medical Partner, CSC, will perform an osteotomy to adjust the position of bone in her hip socket. After recovery, Dalin will no longer experience pain while walking and running, and will have a normal range of movement.
Her mother shared, “I have been so worried … nothing has made it better. I want to be able to see her walk normally and play with her friends without having pain.”