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Dalin is a future teacher from Cambodia who needs $425 to fund mobility-restoring hip surgery.

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May 7, 2020

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.”

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 l...

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Dalin's Timeline

  • May 7, 2020

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

  • May 07, 2020

    Dalin 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.

  • May 08, 2020

    Dalin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 02, 2020

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


    Dalin is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $425 for Dalin'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?

Osteotomy is a surgical procedure used to correct bone abnormalities from trauma or disease. Without treatment, bone fractures or damage to growth plates may heal in angular, rotational, or shortened positions and result in deformity and loss of function. Arthritis is also a common indication for osteotomy, particularly if deformity is involved. Patients with arthritis suffer from pain and stiffness.

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

Misalignment of the bones not only creates discomfort and pain, but it can also make day-to-day tasks difficult or sometimes impossible. Deformity is also highly stigmatizing.

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

Due to lack of funds for speedy healthcare or inaccessibility, bone abnormalities are common due to delayed treatment. Cambodians often turn to Khmer traditional healers for bony deformities or even trauma and this also contributes to the development of deformities.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Pre-operative assessment with radiology is required to plan the procedure for each case. The surgeon will decide the best location to cut a part of the bone so that it results in an even distribution of weight across the bone or joint. This usually involves cutting out a wedge-shaped piece of bone to realign and adjust the angle at which the bone is positioned. Following correction, rigid internal or external fixation is used to hold the bone in place while it heals.

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

Deformity will be corrected, often months or years after its development and patients will immediately notice the benefits. Function will be restored, and pain should subside, which will enable patients to become mobile, undergo daily activities independently, and recommence work to support their families.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Blood clots are the most common complication of osteotomy procedures, but this can be avoided if patients are encouraged to mobilize early. As for any other surgical procedures, there may be complications such as infection and damage to surrounding nerves or vessels.

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

Treatment for bone-related injuries due to trauma or more chronic conditions such as arthritis is available at a local clinics and hospitals at a cost, which many patients may not be able to afford. Patients also often turn to traditional healers which result in unsuccessful treatment. Inadequate or delayed treatment can contribute to bone abnormalities and prolonged suffering. Patients travel as much as twelve hours to reach Children's Surgical Centre for free surgery, arriving by bus, motorbike, or taxi.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Traditional medicine is available, but with unsuccessful results.

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