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Success! Chamman from Cambodia raised $392 for hip replacement surgery.

Chamman
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Chamman's treatment was fully funded on August 28, 2016.

Photo of Chamman post-operation

October 18, 2016

Chamman successfully received hip replacement surgery.

Over the past year, Chamman’s cerebral palsy has been affecting her gait and causing her major hip pain. After traveling an hour with her mother to reach Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) in Phnom Penh, Chamman had a successful surgery! The hip-replacement surgery replaced the dying bone in her hip with a prothesis, and after only two weeks of physiotherapy, she is walking normally now and is no longer in pain.

“I am really happy to see that Chamman can walk easily again,” says Chamman’s mom, “Thank you to all the doctors and staff at CSC for helping my daughter.”

Over the past year, Chamman's cerebral palsy has been affecting her gait and causing her major hip pain. After traveling an hour with her mo...

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July 19, 2016

Chamman is a 29-year-old woman who lives at a pagoda in Cambodia. She spends her time cleaning and helping the monks around the pagoda.

Chamman has cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that affects the body’s muscles and movement. In March 2015, she took a fall and injured her right hip. Over the past year, her pain has been getting worse, and she is now walking with an abnormal gait.

Chamman traveled an hour with her mother to reach Children’s Surgical Centre in Phnom Penh. Doctors there diagnosed her with osteonecrosis of the right hip. This means that part of her hip bone has not been receiving enough blood flow, and has begun to die. If left untreated, Chamman will continue to be in pain, and the decayed bone could eventually collapse.

For $392 we can fund the hemiarthroplasty surgery that she needs. This procedure will replace the dying bone in her hip with a prothesis.

After receiving her hemiarthroplasty, Chamman’s hip will be stronger and she will be able to walk easily and without pain. Let’s help get Chamman mobile again by funding her treatment.

Chamman is a 29-year-old woman who lives at a pagoda in Cambodia. She spends her time cleaning and helping the monks around the pagoda. ...

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Chamman's Timeline

  • July 19, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Chamman was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • July 20, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chamman 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.

  • August 25, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chamman's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 28, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chamman's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 18, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chamman's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Arthroplasty
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

An arthroplasty is performed when a joint is destroyed, causing severe pain and difficulty walking. Joints may become damaged through fracture, trauma, degenerative joint disease, or congenital hip dysplasia. Other possible reasons include conditions developed during growth, such as Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, and avascular necrosis.

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

When patients have destroyed joints, they experience pain and are immobile. This typically prevents them from working and supporting their families.

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

Traffic accidents are a leading cause of disability and death in Cambodia. Cambodian roads are in poor condition, and drivers are rarely safe. Fractures, dislocations, and trauma from traffic accidents are not uncommon in Cambodia.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

In order to replace a destroyed joint, surgeons must completely remove it. An incision is made over the affected joint, and dissection is carefully performed down to the bone. A saw is then used to carefully cut the ends of the joint away. The deformed, arthritic bone is removed. In some cases, an artificial metal prosthesis is then fitted to the ends of the bone and secured. A plastic bearing is then placed between the two metal ends of the joint so that the joint can move with low friction. The wound is closed. The patient will typically receive physical therapy, teaching him or her range of motion exercises and strengthening techniques.

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

The patient is able to walk without pain and can return to work to support his or her family.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Surgery always carries a risk of a death, but such a complication is very unlikely. This surgery is highly successful.

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

Surgical treatment is not easily accessible in rural Cambodia. In cities, it is too expensive for many patients to afford. Patients travel anywhere from 30 minutes to eight hours to reach Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment. They learn about CSC from family members or neighbors who have received treatment there. They travel with their family members via motorcycle or taxi.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients seek Khmer traditional medicine. They visit local healers, who provide topical and consumable treatment that is often not effective.

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