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Success! Loemheang from Cambodia raised $1,025 to fund a hip replacement.

Loemheang
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Fully funded
Loemheang's treatment was fully funded on January 7, 2019.

Photo of Loemheang post-operation

October 26, 2018

Loemheang underwent a hip replacement.

Loemheang is recovering well from surgery. He is doing light physiotherapy as his mobility continues to improve. Loemheang will continue his exercises at home, and looks forward to getting back to his family and village.

His wife says, “I am so happy to see him walking again without any support.”

Loemheang is recovering well from surgery. He is doing light physiotherapy as his mobility continues to improve. Loemheang will continue his...

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October 17, 2018

Loemheang is a mechanic from Cambodia. He has three daughters. He likes to read the news and watch sports in his free time.

One year ago, he developed avascular necrosis of both hips and experienced a lot of hip pain. He cannot walk and cannot work.

Fortunately, Loemheang learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Loemheang of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for October 18, and Loemheang needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure.

He says, “I hope I can walk again after the operation.”

Loemheang is a mechanic from Cambodia. He has three daughters. He likes to read the news and watch sports in his free time. One year ago,...

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Loemheang's Timeline

  • October 17, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 18, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Loemheang 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.

  • October 19, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Loemheang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 26, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Loemheang's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 7, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Loemheang's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 29 donors

Treatment
Hip Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,025 for Loemheang's treatment
Hospital Fees
$160
Medical Staff
$517
Medication
$0
Supplies
$340
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • 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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Kyomukama is 50-year-old small scale farmer and a mother to three sons, all whom are still studying in school. She proudly shared that one is at the university in his third year, another one in his first year, and the last one has just completed senior four in school. All of their schooling has been supported by their uncle, who adopted them, as Kyomukama's husband passed away in 2004. Kyomukama first felt pain on her lower abdomen a while ago, but was not overly concerned at the time. She went to a clinic and was given some supportive treatment, which did not completely relieve her of her condition. As her condition got worse, Kyomukama began experiencing other troubling symptoms including pain and discomfort. Due to excessive bleeding, she often felt fatigued or experiences brain fog temporarily. Upon visiting our medical partner's care center, Kyomukama was diagnosed with a uterine myoma, also known as a non-cancerous tumor. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Kyomukama's surgery. On May 25th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Kyomukama will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Kyomukama shared, “I hope that once I have undergone operation, my health problem will be solved and I will be able to get back to my activities like my farming with ease.”

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