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Success! Lai from Cambodia raised $1,087 to fund hip replacement surgery.

Lai
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  • $1,087 raised, $0 to go
$1,087
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Lai's treatment was fully funded on March 23, 2021.

Photo of Lai post-operation

March 25, 2021

Lai underwent hip replacement surgery.

Lai had a successful hip replacement surgery. She will be on antibiotics and pain meds to help her increase mobility over the next couple of days. The physiotherapy team is working to return her to an acceptable level of activity; she is already using a walker after being in a wheelchair for over a month. Lai’s pain is declining and her range of movement has steadily increased.

Her son shared, “I’m so happy my mom was able to receive this treatment and thanks to the CSC team for helping us.”

Lai had a successful hip replacement surgery. She will be on antibiotics and pain meds to help her increase mobility over the next couple of...

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February 16, 2021

Lai is a 59-year-old with six children and four grandchildren. She is widowed and lives with a daughter and helps her with the children.

One month ago, Lai slipped and fell in the bathroom. She is not able to walk and experiences constant and severe pain in her left hip due to a femoral neck fracture.

Fortunately, Lai learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). At CSC, surgeons will perform a total hip replacement to relieve Lai of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for February 17th, and Lai needs help raising $1,087 to pay for the procedure.

Lai shared that she really wants to walk again and be free of the terrible pain she’s feeling.

Lai is a 59-year-old with six children and four grandchildren. She is widowed and lives with a daughter and helps her with the children. ...

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Lai's Timeline

  • February 16, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Lai was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • February 17, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lai 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.

  • February 18, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lai's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 23, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lai's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 25, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lai's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 26 donors

Funded by 26 donors

Treatment
Hip Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,087 for Lai's treatment
Hospital Fees
$160
Medical Staff
$579
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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