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Success! Vichet from Cambodia raised $539 to fund hip surgery.

Vichet
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Vichet's treatment was fully funded on June 9, 2020.

Photo of Vichet post-operation

June 10, 2020

Vichet underwent hip surgery.

Vichet’s surgery went well and he is recovering well as expected. Soon he will begin physiotherapy to help him regain his full mobility.

“I feel thankful to the doctors that performed my surgery. Now I can move my hip better and walk stronger than before. When I return home I will be able to earn income for my family, especially so I can support my children with their school fees,” Vichet said.

Vichet's surgery went well and he is recovering well as expected. Soon he will begin physiotherapy to help him regain his full mobility. ...

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April 29, 2020

Vichet has two sons, his first boy is in grade one at the local public primary school. He likes playing sports, raising fish, and helping his wife with some housework at home. Also, he enjoys playing sports in his free time.

Nine month ago, he was injured when playing sports and his hip became very painful. He bought some medicine to help but it did not improve his condition.

In January 2020, he decided to try and get further treatment at a public hospital, but his hip is now in worse condition. The public hospital recommended he come to Children’s Surgical Centre to have arthroplasty surgery on his left hip. Fortunately, the surgery will take place on April 29th and Watsi’s Medical Partner Children’s Surgical Centre needs help raising $539 to enable his treatment.

Vichet said, “I hope that the doctor will perform surgery successfully so I can recover well. Then, I will look for a job to support my little family.”

“I worry everyday about his hip condition, I hope that my husband will recover well so I can see him walking and doing his job again,” Vichet’s wife added.

Vichet has two sons, his first boy is in grade one at the local public primary school. He likes playing sports, raising fish, and helping hi...

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Vichet's Timeline

  • April 29, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Vichet was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • April 29, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vichet 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.

  • April 30, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vichet's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 09, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vichet's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 10, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vichet's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

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Treatment
Arthroplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $539 for Vichet'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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66% funded

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$991raised
$509to go

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