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Success! Leap from Cambodia raised $539 to fund mobility-restoring hip surgery.

Leap
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  • $539 raised, $0 to go
$539
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Leap's treatment was fully funded on October 22, 2021.

Photo of Leap post-operation

July 29, 2021

Leap underwent mobility-restoring hip surgery.

Leap had a successful surgery and is recovering at the hospital before returning home to her province. She is working with the physiotherapy team to learn to walk again. Leap will no longer have pain and can return to the family farm to help with her grandchildren and visit the community pagoda.

Her daughter said: “Thank you to the staff at CSC for helping my mom. She is confident she will be able to walk again without pain, and we are relieved that she can be independent again.”

Leap had a successful surgery and is recovering at the hospital before returning home to her province. She is working with the physiotherapy...

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June 15, 2021

Leap is married and has a family of four children and five grandchildren. She enjoys looking after her grandchildren and visiting the pagoda to listen to the monks pray.

On April 15th, 2021, Leap fell down while pulling a cow and has had left hip pain since then. She received Khmer traditional treatment but her hip pain did not improve. She then went to a clinic where an X-ray was taken, but none of the treatment offered was one that Leap could afford. In search of treatment, finally she visited our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) where they can repair her left femoral fracture. CSC is requesting $539 for an arthroplasty that will allow Leap to walk again.

Leap shares, “I hope I can be free of pain and walk again after my surgery.”

Leap is married and has a family of four children and five grandchildren. She enjoys looking after her grandchildren and visiting the pagoda...

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Leap's Timeline

  • June 15, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 15, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Leap 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.

  • June 17, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Leap's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 29, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Leap's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 22, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Leap's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Treatment
Arthroplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $539 for Leap's treatment
Hospital Fees
$86
Medical Staff
$405
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

An arthroplasty is performed when a joint is destroyed, causing severe pain and difficulty walking. Joints may become damaged through fracture, trauma, degenerative joint disease, or congenital hip dysplasia. Other possible reasons include conditions developed during growth, such as Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, and avascular necrosis.

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

When patients have destroyed joints, they experience pain and are immobile. This typically prevents them from working and supporting their families.

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

Traffic accidents are a leading cause of disability and death in Cambodia. Cambodian roads are in poor condition, and drivers are rarely safe. Fractures, dislocations, and trauma from traffic accidents are not uncommon in Cambodia.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

In order to replace a destroyed joint, surgeons must completely remove it. An incision is made over the affected joint, and dissection is carefully performed down to the bone. A saw is then used to carefully cut the ends of the joint away. The deformed, arthritic bone is removed. In some cases, an artificial metal prosthesis is then fitted to the ends of the bone and secured. A plastic bearing is then placed between the two metal ends of the joint so that the joint can move with low friction. The wound is closed. The patient will typically receive physical therapy, teaching him or her range of motion exercises and strengthening techniques.

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

The patient is able to walk without pain and can return to work to support his or her family.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Surgery always carries a risk of a death, but such a complication is very unlikely. This surgery is highly successful.

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

Surgical treatment is not easily accessible in rural Cambodia. In cities, it is too expensive for many patients to afford. Patients travel anywhere from 30 minutes to eight hours to reach Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment. They learn about CSC from family members or neighbors who have received treatment there. They travel with their family members via motorcycle or taxi.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients seek Khmer traditional medicine. They visit local healers, who provide topical and consumable treatment that is often not effective.

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