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Success! Sun from Cambodia raised $1,025 to fund a hip replacement.

Sun
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$1,025
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$0
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Fully funded
Sun's treatment was fully funded on January 7, 2019.

Photo of Sun post-operation

November 13, 2018

Sun underwent a hip replacement.

Sun is recovering well from surgery. He is doing light physiotherapy as his mobility continues to improve. Sun will continue his exercises at home, and looks forward to getting back to his family and village.

He says, “I am very happy that I can bend my leg and knee and don’t have pain anymore.”

Sun is recovering well from surgery. He is doing light physiotherapy as his mobility continues to improve. Sun will continue his exercises a...

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November 4, 2018

Sun is a mechanic from Cambodia. He has two daughters and two sons. He likes to do housework at home.

Seven months ago, he developed hip pain on his right side. He cannot walk and is in chronic pain.

Fortunately, Sun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Sun of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for November 5, and Sun needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure.

He says, “I hope I can return to work soon.”

Sun is a mechanic from Cambodia. He has two daughters and two sons. He likes to do housework at home. Seven months ago, he developed hip ...

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Sun's Timeline

  • November 4, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sun was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • November 5, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sun 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.

  • November 5, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 13, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 7, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sun's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 27 donors

Funded by 27 donors

Treatment
Hip Replacement (Cemented)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,025 for Sun's treatment
Hospital Fees
$160
Medical Staff
$517
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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Ko

Ko Kyaw lives with his wife and two daughters in the border region of Tak Province in Thailand. He is a homemaker while his wife works as a day laborer. He plans to send his older daughter to a Thai school in the new school year, but his younger daughter is still too young to go to school. In early 2021, Kyaw was still living in his village in Myawaddy Township in Burma but it has been a very challenging time for his community ever since the military coup. He and his wife were injured in an emergency involving the local soldiers who came to their area. Luckily other villagers came to their rescue and Kyaw was treated for fractures on both his upper and lower leg, where a metal rod was inserted to help him heal. Now the bone in his thigh is misshapen and doctors have diagnosed osteomyelitis (infected bone). His doctor told him that in order to heal, he would need to have the metal rods replaced in both his upper and lower leg. Currently, Kyaw’s left leg is in a lot of pain. He can only bend his leg slightly and needs to use crutches to get around. With his leg in pain, Ko Kyaw spends most of his time helping out with household chores he can do and teaching his oldest daughter how to read and write in Burmese. He feels frustrated that since his leg was broken, he cannot support his family. Our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund is helping to pay the cost of his treatment and is raising $1500 to cover his surgery, which will take place on May 10th. “I feel upset that I cannot support my family as the head of the house,” he said. “We only have my wife’s income. We do not have our own house to live in. I want to say a lot of things but I cannot express what I want to say. I never thought that I would lose my house, my possessions and that my leg would be in pain.”

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$830raised
$670to go

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