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Success! Vin from Cambodia raised $1,087 to fund hip replacement surgery.

Vin
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  • $1,087 raised, $0 to go
$1,087
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Vin's treatment was fully funded on February 10, 2021.

Photo of Vin post-operation

February 1, 2021

Vin underwent hip replacement surgery.

Vin’s surgery went well! His wound has healed and he no longer has pain. Vin is excited to be able to walk normally again.

Vin shared, “I am so happy that I can walk well without crutches.”

Vin's surgery went well! His wound has healed and he no longer has pain. Vin is excited to be able to walk normally again. Vin shared, "...

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October 7, 2020

Vin is a 32-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. Vin’s sister and parents have died, so he now lives with other relatives. When he isn’t working, Vin enjoys meeting up with his friends and helping people work on their homes while listening to the radio.

One year ago, Vin developed hip pain on the left side. He presented to our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre with left femoral neck necrosis. Surgeons at CSC will perform a left hip replacement that will reduce his pain and increase his mobility again. Currently, he can not walk without supports and is unable to work.

His treatment is scheduled for October 7th, and Vin needs help raising $1,087 to pay for this procedure.

Vin said, “I hope I am able to walk again so I may work again and my family members won’t have to worry so much about me.”

Vin is a 32-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. Vin's sister and parents have died, so he now lives with other relatives. When he is...

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Vin's Timeline

  • October 7, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 7, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vin 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 8, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 1, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 10, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vin's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

Treatment
Hip Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,087 for Vin's treatment
Hospital Fees
$160
Medical Staff
$579
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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