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Thol is small-scale farmer from Cambodia who needs $1,087 to fund hip replacement surgery.

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August 3, 2020

Thol is a 54-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Thol has three sons and one daughter. His wife farms as well, and his daughter works at a local factory. He enjoys watching TV, singing with his daughter, and helping his wife to do house work.

Since 2006, Thol has experienced chronic pain in his lower back associated with the lumbar spine. He paid for a surgery that helped him become mobile again, but it failed to heal his back. In 2015, he had an accident while working his rice field, which injured his ankle and re-injured his lower back. He now experiences pain from the ankle of his right foot rising to his lower back. He cannot walk without support and has increasing difficulty doing daily activities on his own.

Fortunately, Thol learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). At CSC, surgeons will perform a total hip replacement to relieve Thol of his pain and allow him to walk easily and regain his independence. Treatment is scheduled for August 3rd, and Thol needs help raising $1,087 to pay for this procedure.

Thol shared, “I hope that I am able to walk better again without support, and that I can do everything by myself so that my wife and daughter don’t need to help me.”

Thol is a 54-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Thol has three sons and one daughter. His wife farms as well, and his daughter works at a l...

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Thol's Timeline

  • August 3, 2020

    Thol was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • August 03, 2020

    Thol 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.

  • August 04, 2020

    Thol's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Thol is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • September 24, 2020

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

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Hip Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,087 for Thol'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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