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Phanny is a 46-year-old mother from Cambodia who needs $450 to fund spinal surgery.

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January 15, 2017

Phanny is a married mother with two sons and one daughter. She enjoys cooking and looking after her children.

As a result of multiple falls in the past, Phanny now experiences hip and radicular pain. Radicular pain refers to pain-related symptoms in the lower leg that are often associated with inflammation of a spinal root nerve in the spinal column.

Phanny has stress fractures in her spine. She also has spondylolisthesis, which occurs when one vertebra slips out of place onto the vertebrae below. She experiences back pain, and it is difficult for her to walk.

Together with her husband, Phanny traveled to see surgeons at our medical partner’s care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. Phanny will undergo spinal surgery on January 16. Surgeons will perform a decompression surgery to remove parts of her spine that are pressing on her nerves. Then, they will stabilize her spine with hardware.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $450 to fund this surgery so that Phanny can walk more easily and without pain.

Phanny is a married mother with two sons and one daughter. She enjoys cooking and looking after her children. As a result of multiple fa...

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Phanny's Timeline

  • January 15, 2017

    Phanny was submitted by Evalynn Romano, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • January 16, 2017

    Phanny received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre.

  • January 18, 2017

    Phanny's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 02, 2017

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


    Phanny is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Joint Arthrodesis
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $450 for Phanny'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?

Arthrodesis is the abolition and fusion of a joint via surgical means. For example, the knee joint is obliterated to join the femur to the tibia. This is done to relieve intractable pain that cannot be managed by pain medication, splints, or other treatments. The typical causes of such pain are fractures, severe sprains, infections, and arthritis. Arthrodesis is most commonly performed on joints in the spine, hand, ankle, and foot. This procedure can also be performed on the shoulder, knee, or wrist.

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

Any painful joint can impair normal function. Moving the legs, arms, or spine may be acutely painful and disabling.

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

Patients in Cambodia often neglect pain and other symptoms far longer than patients in America, so their cases become more complex.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

There are a number of joint arthrodesis surgeries that a patient might undergo. The patient will be examined, and doctors will create a treatment plan for the affected joint.

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

The patient will be rendered pain-free. Of course, the patient will experience limited function in this joint.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Surgery performed on the limbs is not risky. However, spinal fusion procedures can entail a lot of blood loss and are inherently more risky.

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

Joint arthrodesis is not widely available in Cambodia, as there are only a handful of doctors in the country that perform fusions. Usually, people experience months or years of pain before the joint fuses itself or they manage to find a surgeon to treat it appropriately.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The alternatives to surgery are bracing or splinting, but these are temporary measures.