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Vanna is a farmer and factory worker from Cambodia who needs $781 to fund hip replacement surgery.

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February 16, 2017

Vanna is a 42-year-old farmer and factory worker from Cambodia. He is married with two sons and three daughters. He enjoys watching TV and visiting his rice fields in his free time.

For the past four months, Vanna has had severe hip pain and has not been able to work. Both of his legs are atrophied, preventing him from walking. He first came to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) on October 21, 2016. Surgeons successfully performed a total hip replacement on his left hip. His left side feels better, but he still experiences pain on his right side.

On February 16, surgeons at CSC will perform a total hip replacement on Vanna’s right side to relieve him of pain and allow him to feel comfortable again. CSC is requesting $781 to fund the hip replacement surgery.

Vanna is a 42-year-old farmer and factory worker from Cambodia. He is married with two sons and three daughters. He enjoys watching TV and v...

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Vanna's Timeline

  • February 16, 2017

    Vanna was submitted by Korng Hout, Accountant at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • February 16, 2017

    Vanna received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre.

  • February 21, 2017

    Vanna's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 31, 2017

    Awaiting Vanna's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.


    Vanna is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Hip Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $781 for Vanna's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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