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Sophon is a farmer from Cambodia who needs $1,025 to fund a hip replacement.

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August 3, 2017

Sophon is a 44-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He is married and has two sons and one daughter. Sophon plants potatoes on his farm, and he also grows vegetables behind his house. He also likes to watch TV in his free time. Sophon traveled with his older brother to reach our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for free treatment.

Sophon has experienced pain in his left hip for the past 20 years. He went to a hospital in his province, where doctors diagnosed him with tuberculosis of the joint, a bacterial infection that destroys the joint. Although he was provided with treatment, his symptoms did not improve. Sophon has difficulty walking, and has been unable to work to support his family.

On August 4, surgeons at CSC will perform a total hip replacement on Sophon’s left side to help him walk and work easily again. Watsi is requesting $1,025 to help fund Sophon’s procedure and prosthesis.

Sophon is a 44-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He is married and has two sons and one daughter. Sophon plants potatoes on his farm, and he al...

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Sophon's Timeline

  • August 3, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sophon was submitted by Anne McMurrey, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • August 04, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sophon received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre.

  • August 24, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sophon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 24, 2017
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Sophon is currently raising funds for his treatment.

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Treatment
Hip Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,025 for Sophon'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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