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Success! Thorn from Cambodia raised $781 to fund his hip replacement.

Thorn
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Thorn's treatment was fully funded on February 14, 2017.

Photo of Thorn post-operation

February 15, 2017

Thorn underwent a hip replacement.

Following his procedure, Thorn was given pain medication, and he had one week of physiotherapy before going back home. His wound has healed nicely. Thorn is now able to walk more easily than before.

Thorn’s wife says, “I am surprised and happy to see my husband do things on his own after the operation.”

Following his procedure, Thorn was given pain medication, and he had one week of physiotherapy before going back home. His wound has healed ...

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January 8, 2017

Thorn is a 40-year-old steel construction worker who is married and has three daughters and one son. He likes to relax at home in Cambodia, help his wife cook, and watch TV in his free time.

In December of 2016, Thorn first came to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), complaining of hip pain. He heard about CSC from a friend and traveled with his wife for three hours to get to the clinic.

Thorn’s initial pain was on his right side and then spread to both sides, making it difficult for him to walk. Surgeons at CSC successfully performed a total hip replacement surgery on his right side.

Thorn feels better and experiences less pain on his right side. His wound has healed nicely. However, he still experiences hip pain on his left side.

On January 9, surgeons at CSC will perform a total hip replacement on Thorn’s left side to relieve him of pain. The requested $781 will cover all associated medical expenses, including Thorn’s two-week stay at the hospital.

Thorn is a 40-year-old steel construction worker who is married and has three daughters and one son. He likes to relax at home in Cambodia, ...

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Thorn's Timeline

  • January 8, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 9, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Thorn 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.

  • January 24, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 14, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thorn's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 15, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Thorn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Hip Replacement (Cemented)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $781 for Thorn's treatment
Hospital Fees
$252
Medical Staff
$217
Medication
$5
Supplies
$307
  • 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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$1,058raised
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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Sa

Sa is a 36-year-old woman who likes to sew clothes. She also enjoys doing household chores and making delicious curries. Her husband is a nightguard at a hospital. Since 2015, Sa started to experience pain in her back and her pelvic area. Since December, her pain has worsened which makes it hard for her to sleep. She shared that she is feeling increasingly worried and depressed since she first experienced the pain and realized that she was unwell. Watsi donors helped support a CT scan and doctors have now diagnosed her with bilateral ovarian cancer. To help treat her condition, her doctors advised Sa to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Sa's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Sa is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on February 25th. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she is hopeful that she'll no longer be in pain and will have a better shot at recovering from cancer. Sa said, "I was very worried when I heard that I needed surgery and that it would cost a lot of money. I was worried that if the donors stopped helping me, where would I come up with enough money to pay for my surgery. I could not sleep last night, constantly worrying about my treatment cost. When I called BCMF's staff and they told me that donors could pay for my surgery, I felt so much better. Thank you everyone for helping me."

70% funded

70%funded
$1,058raised
$442to go