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

Nim
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Fully funded
Nim's treatment was fully funded on July 1, 2021.

Photo of Nim post-operation

July 1, 2021

Nim underwent hip replacement surgery.

Nim had a smooth operation and the surgery has relieved her from severe pain. She will immediately start working with the physiotherapy team to regain her strength with exercises. Nim hopes that she can soon walk again and play with her grandchildren. She also looks forward to traveling with her family again soon.

Nim appreciates the support and is happy about the results, “I am so happy that I will be able to walk again without pain. Thank you to everyone who helped me to have this surgery.”

Nim had a smooth operation and the surgery has relieved her from severe pain. She will immediately start working with the physiotherapy team...

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May 14, 2021

Nim is a retired rice farmer, who along with her husband has nine children, and many grandchildren. She has been retired for a while, so she has taken time to travel to many famous pagodas around the country, and she always loves to spend time helping to raise her grandchildren. She also loves reading religious books and listening to monks on the radio.

Two months ago, Nim fell and fractured her hip. Since the fall, she has experienced severe pain and is unable to walk. She was referred to a local hospital for treatment where she received an x-ray, but was sent to another hospital afterwards and was unable to afford treatment there.

Fortunately, Nim learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). At CSC, surgeons will perform a total hip replacement to relieve Nim of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for May 14th, and Nim needs help raising $1,087 to fund this procedure.

Nim shared, “I hope that I can walk again easily soon. There are still many things I want to do. I want to travel and play with my grandchildren, and visit my children.”

Nim is a retired rice farmer, who along with her husband has nine children, and many grandchildren. She has been retired for a while, so she...

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Nim's Timeline

  • May 14, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 14, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nim 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.

  • May 15, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nim's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 1, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nim's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 1, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nim's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 35 donors

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