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Success! Thun from Cambodia raised $1,025 to fund a knee replacement.

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Thun's treatment was fully funded on March 6, 2018.

Photo of Thun post-operation

February 13, 2018

Thun underwent a knee replacement.

Thun’s surgery went well and she’s recovering quickly. Thun is doing light physiotherapy and will continue to do her exercises at home as her mobility continues to improve. Thun looks forward to being able to care for her family without being in pain.

Her daughter says, “I am happy my mother had this operation and won’t be in pain anymore.”

Thun's surgery went well and she's recovering quickly. Thun is doing light physiotherapy and will continue to do her exercises at home as he...

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January 12, 2018

Thun is a grandmother from Cambodia. She has eight children and six grandchildren. She is a rice farmer and enjoys spending time at home with her family.

Four years ago, she started experiencing pain in her knee. She is finding it difficult to work and walk.

Fortunately, Thun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total knee replacement to relieve Thun of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for January 12, and Thun needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure.

She says, “I want to be able to take care of my grandchildren.”

Thun is a grandmother from Cambodia. She has eight children and six grandchildren. She is a rice farmer and enjoys spending time at home wit...

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Thun's Timeline

  • January 12, 2018

    Thun was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • January 12, 2018

    Thun 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.

  • January 12, 2018

    Thun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 13, 2018

    Thun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 06, 2018

    Thun's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 31 donors

Funded by 31 donors

Total Knee Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,025 for Thun'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 knee pain and difficulty walking or standing for months by the time our medical partner will perform a total knee replacement (TKR). A TKR treats knees that are severely damaged and therefore not amenable to any other form of treatment.

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

Patients may not be able to walk, and physical activity is extremely restricted, making any movement painful. This prevents patients from being able to carry out daily life.

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

Cambodia's population is about 16 million people, and the median age is only 24.2 years. While some patients' arthritic joints are caused by old age, younger patients may also develop arthritic joints from congenital, infectious, and traumatic causes. Traumatic causes include motorbike accidents, which are common. Motorbikes are the main form of transportation in Cambodia, but traffic laws are rarely followed and weakly enforced. Often, patients injured in motorbike accidents cannot afford to seek proper treatment in local clinics or hospitals. They visit Khmer traditional healers or simply take pain medications. Their injuries never heal.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

During a knee replacement procedure, surgeons remove the damaged cartilage and bone from the ends of the femur and tibia. The removed portions are replaced with metal components that recreate the surface of the joint. The under-surface of the patella (kneecap) is cut, and a plastic button is placed. A medical-grade plastic spacer is then inserted between the metal components to create a smooth gliding surface.

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

The patient will be able to walk without pain, improving his or her quality of life.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

There are very few risks posed by a TKR. Blood clots are possible, as they are with most orthopedic surgeries. However, common preventative measures have reduced their risk, and now less than 2% of patients develop them. Osteolysis, which occurs when fragments are released from the knee implant into the body and cause inflammation, is possible but uncommon. Scar tissue or other complications can sometimes affect motion in the knee, but these can be resolved with special exercises or physical therapy.

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

No other hospital or organization in Cambodia is currently doing TKRs, and there are many people with painful, arthritic knees who cannot live their lives comfortably. CSC is the only center that provides this procedure free of charge. Patients travel to CSC by bus, taxi, or motorbike.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

A patient may undergo a knee fusion at another facility. This procedure will reduce his or her pain, but will leave the patient with a stiff knee that does not bend.

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Khin is a 39-year-old woman who lives with her family in Hpa-An Township, Karen State, Burma. Both her children are in preschool. She and her husband are subsistence farmers, growing rice during the rainy season on rented land. The rest of the year, her husband collects leaves used to make roofs, works as a daily labourer or collects branches to sell. Khin was born with a scar the size of an ant bite on her upper lip. Her parents thought that it would disappear or heal on its own but the scar developed into a growth and increased in size. Her parents passed away when she was young and after that she went to live with her brother’s family. By the time she was around 20 years old, the growth had become large and soft, covering the area between her upper lips and her nose. When the pain became unbearable in 2005, her uncle dropped her off at Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) in Thailand, a free clinic close to where her uncle used to work. At this point, the growth had become so large that dragged her upper lip down and extended into her nostrils. At MTC, she was seen by doctors and medics, before she was diagnosed with a hemangioma. At this point, the growth had worsened, and she was bleeding from her lips. In April 2006, Khin went to Chiang Mai Hospital and had the hemangioma removed surgically. The growth later has returned. Overtime, the hemangioma has increased in size and become hard. It has now expanded into Khin’s nostrils, especially her left nostril, which causes her to have difficulty breathing at times. She feels uncomfortable but is not in pain. Sometimes she also feels like she has a blood clot in her nostrils during her nosebleeds. Because the nosebleed can start at any time and can last anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes, her life revolves around managing her nosebleeds. She is unable to work or sleep properly, and if she is about to have a nosebleed, she is unable to eat. The nosebleeds have also affected her ability to earn an income for her children and continues to impact her social life. “When I socialise, I do not feel comfortable and some people think I have a disease that I can infect them with,” said Khin. “So, I hope to get better after surgery, and I hope I will no longer have nosebleeds. I don’t want to bleed, and I want to socialise with my friends and family happily. [Right now] my friends won’t even touch me.”

91% funded

$122to go

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