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Sak is a loving grandmother from Cambodia who needs $544 to fund surgery on her hip so she can walk again.

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January 30, 2023

Sak has six children and one grandson. A few months ago, she moved in with one of her daughters, her daughter’s husband, and grandson. Her daughter works in a clothing factory to support their family. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family, especially her grandson.

Last December, Sak was doing housework when she fell and broke her hip. Since then, she has not been able to walk and is in pain. She has trouble sleeping and is no longer able to care for her grandson.

When Sak and her family learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, they traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On January 29th, surgeons at CSC will perform a hip hemi-arthroplasty procedure on her right hip. This will help her to regain mobility. Sak and her family need help raising $544 to fund her procedure and care.

Sak said, “I hope after surgery I can walk again.”

Sak has six children and one grandson. A few months ago, she moved in with one of her daughters, her daughter's husband, and grandson. Her d...

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Sak's Timeline

  • January 30, 2023

    Sak was submitted by Romanea Khun, Assistant Manager, CSC at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • January 30, 2023

    Sak 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 30, 2023

    Sak's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Sak is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD

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

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Hip hemi-arthroplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $544 for Sak'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 experience pain in the hip or groin, are unable to stand or put weight on the leg of the injured hip.

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

Patients with hip fractures have limited mobility and are often in constant pain.

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. This often delays proper care and patients may suffer great pain prior to surgery. Fractures never heal, and patients live with the pain. Steroids are a common pain treatment 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. Fractures are associated with significant morbidity, mortality, loss of independence, and financial burden.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

A hip hemiarthroplasty is a "half a hip replacement" and is reserved for patients who fracture the hip and where fixation is either not possible or not provide reliable results - whereas half a hip replacement is the reliable procedure. The head of the damaged thighbone (femur) is replaced with an implant that stabilizes the femur while restoring function to the hip. When the head of the femur is removed, the inside of the femur is hollowed out, and a metal stem is placed snugly inside the femur.

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

Hemiarthroplasties are often reserved for elderly patients who break their hip but where a total hip replacement may not be completely necessary. These patients get pain relief and restored mobility. Without surgery, many patients may experience further complications like blood clots from immobility.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Patients may experience prosthesis-related complications, including fracture of the bones around the implant, dislocation, infection, aseptic loosening, and wear on the socket of the hip bone. These complications can lead to increased morbidity, mortality, and cost.

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

Children's Surgical Centre was one of the first hospitals to offer hip replacement surgery and continues to offer the latest techniques for little or no cost to Cambodians who cannot afford it. Typically patients travel two to eight hours over rough or dirt roads, often in a tuk-tuk. They are referred by provincial hospitals or by neighbors and relatives.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are other surgical alternatives, and much depends on the type of fracture, the health, and the age of the patient. Many poor Cambodians seek help from traditional Khmer healers with a delayed presentation to proper care. Some fractured hips may heal on their own, but it involves complete bed rest and joint immobilization for three to four months. This creates other potential complications, especially for the elderly, and is almost impossible in Cambodian culture and lifestyle.

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