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Success! Sophaiyath from Cambodia raised $425 to fund hip surgery.

Sophaiyath
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  • $425 raised, $0 to go
$425
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$0
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Fully funded
Sophaiyath's treatment was fully funded on November 3, 2020.

Photo of Sophaiyath post-operation

July 10, 2020

Sophaiyath underwent hip surgery.

Sophaiyath’s surgery was successful, and she is experiencing no pain or swelling in her hip. She will have her sutures removed in two weeks. After that, the progress of her healing will be checked every month. She will start a physiotherapy program to regain strength and mobility in her hip. Once she fully recovers she will be able to walk normally again with no pain.

Sophaiyath shared, “I feel so much better and I want to go see my friends again. They will be really excited when I come back to school and I can walk and run with them with no pain.”

Sophaiyath's surgery was successful, and she is experiencing no pain or swelling in her hip. She will have her sutures removed in two weeks....

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June 4, 2020

Sophaiyath is a 9-year-old girl who lives with her family in Kratie Province. She has one brother who is only one-year-old. She wants to be a doctor when she grows up, so she studies very hard at school. She loves to eat mangoes, play jump rope, and take care of her little brother.

One year ago, Sophaiyath’s father began to see that she was walking abnormally. They brought her to a local hospital and found that she had developed Legg-Calve-Perthes (LCP) disease. This disease is a rare childhood disease in which blood flow to part of the hip socket is cutoff, and the bone begins to die. Now Sophaiyath experiences pain and stiffness, and cannot walk normally. She has missed school due to the condition, and her parents are worried that she will have permanent mobility issues.

Luckily, the doctors at CSC can perform an osteotomy to repair Sophaiyath’s hip. Once she recovers, she will no longer experience pain and will regain her mobility. She will also have increased confidence in her physical abilities.

Sophaiyath’s mother shared, “I want to see my daughter run and enjoy playing with the other children, so I hope this surgery is successful and finally fixes her hip.”

Sophaiyath is a 9-year-old girl who lives with her family in Kratie Province. She has one brother who is only one-year-old. She wants to be ...

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Sophaiyath's Timeline

  • June 4, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sophaiyath was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • June 4, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sophaiyath 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.

  • June 5, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sophaiyath's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 10, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sophaiyath's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 3, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sophaiyath's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Treatment
Osteotomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $425 for Sophaiyath's treatment
Hospital Fees
$65
Medical Staff
$311
Medication
$0
Supplies
$41
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Osteotomy is a surgical procedure used to correct bone abnormalities from trauma or disease. Without treatment, bone fractures or damage to growth plates may heal in angular, rotational, or shortened positions and result in deformity and loss of function. Arthritis is also a common indication for osteotomy, particularly if deformity is involved. Patients with arthritis suffer from pain and stiffness.

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

Misalignment of the bones not only creates discomfort and pain, but it can also make day-to-day tasks difficult or sometimes impossible. Deformity is also highly stigmatizing.

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

Due to lack of funds for speedy healthcare or inaccessibility, bone abnormalities are common due to delayed treatment. Cambodians often turn to Khmer traditional healers for bony deformities or even trauma and this also contributes to the development of deformities.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Pre-operative assessment with radiology is required to plan the procedure for each case. The surgeon will decide the best location to cut a part of the bone so that it results in an even distribution of weight across the bone or joint. This usually involves cutting out a wedge-shaped piece of bone to realign and adjust the angle at which the bone is positioned. Following correction, rigid internal or external fixation is used to hold the bone in place while it heals.

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

Deformity will be corrected, often months or years after its development and patients will immediately notice the benefits. Function will be restored, and pain should subside, which will enable patients to become mobile, undergo daily activities independently, and recommence work to support their families.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Blood clots are the most common complication of osteotomy procedures, but this can be avoided if patients are encouraged to mobilize early. As for any other surgical procedures, there may be complications such as infection and damage to surrounding nerves or vessels.

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

Treatment for bone-related injuries due to trauma or more chronic conditions such as arthritis is available at a local clinics and hospitals at a cost, which many patients may not be able to afford. Patients also often turn to traditional healers which result in unsuccessful treatment. Inadequate or delayed treatment can contribute to bone abnormalities and prolonged suffering. Patients travel as much as twelve hours to reach Children's Surgical Centre for free surgery, arriving by bus, motorbike, or taxi.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Traditional medicine is available, but with unsuccessful results.

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