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Chheng Lim from Cambodia raised $1,025 to fund hip replacement surgery.

Chheng Lim
  • $1,025 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Chheng Lim's treatment was fully funded on January 10, 2018.
January 17, 2018

Chheng Lim did not receive treatment as expected.

Her doctor decided to try a more conservative treatment before performing a total hip replacement.

Her doctor decided to try a more conservative treatment before performing a total hip replacement....

January 7, 2018

Chheng Lim is a mother of five children from Cambodia. She is a rice farmer. She likes to spend time planting vegetables in her garden.

For the last two years, she has been experiencing pain in her left hip. She has not been able to work and isn’t able to help around the house.

Fortunately, Chheng Lim learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Chheng Lim of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for January 8, and Chheng Lim needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure.

She says, “I want to work so I can help my husband and children support our family.”

Chheng Lim is a mother of five children from Cambodia. She is a rice farmer. She likes to spend time planting vegetables in her garden. F...

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Chheng Lim's Timeline

  • January 7, 2018

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

  • January 8, 2018

    Chheng Lim was scheduled to receive 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 8, 2018

    Chheng Lim's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 17, 2018

    Chheng Lim is no longer raising funds.

  • January 17, 2018

    Chheng Lim's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Hip Replacement (Cemented)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,025 for Chheng Lim'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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