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Success! Soeun from Cambodia raised $539 to fund hip surgery so she can walk easily again.

Soeun
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  • $539 raised, $0 to go
$539
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Soeun's treatment was fully funded on December 9, 2021.

Photo of Soeun post-operation

December 16, 2021

Soeun underwent hip surgery so she can walk easily again.

Soeun took her neighbor’s advice and traveled two hours to have her surgical procedure by specialist surgeons at our medical partner CSC. After a short stay at CSC, she was able to be discharged home and returned to her province. As Soeun recovers, she will improve her gait and gain strength again. She expressed great satisfaction with the results of her surgery and is eager to heal.

Soeun said: “I am happy I can help my family again. I no longer have pain and am learning to walk. I can cook for my family, take care of my grandchildren, and visit the community pagoda on my own. Thank you to everyone who helped me to have this surgery.”

Soeun took her neighbor's advice and traveled two hours to have her surgical procedure by specialist surgeons at our medical partner CSC. Af...

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September 14, 2021

Soeun is a 60-year-old loving wife and mother. She and her husband have three children including two sons and one daughter. She enjoys visiting her local pagoda, listening to prayers on the radio, and cooking for her children and grandchildren.

In May 2021, Soeun had an unfortunate fall. Since then, she has had pain in her left hip and knee and she has difficulty with walking and sitting. After the accident, she went to a Khmer traditional healer for treatment, but the pain did subside. She has been diagnosed with a fracture of the neck of her femur, the region just below the ball of the hip joint.

Fortunately, Soeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), from a neighbor. On September 14th, surgeons from CSC will perform a hemiarthroplasty to repair the fracture and relieve Soeun of her pain. After the procedure, she will be able to walk easily again. Now, she needs help raising $539 to fund this procedure.

Soeun shared that she hopes that she can walk easily again and return home to her farm and supporting her family.

Soeun is a 60-year-old loving wife and mother. She and her husband have three children including two sons and one daughter. She enjoys visi...

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Soeun's Timeline

  • September 14, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 14, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Soeun 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.

  • September 15, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Soeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 9, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Soeun's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 16, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Soeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Arthroplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $539 for Soeun's treatment
Hospital Fees
$86
Medical Staff
$405
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

An arthroplasty is performed when a joint is destroyed, causing severe pain and difficulty walking. Joints may become damaged through fracture, trauma, degenerative joint disease, or congenital hip dysplasia. Other possible reasons include conditions developed during growth, such as Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, and avascular necrosis.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

When patients have destroyed joints, they experience pain and are immobile. This typically prevents them from working and supporting their families.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Traffic accidents are a leading cause of disability and death in Cambodia. Cambodian roads are in poor condition, and drivers are rarely safe. Fractures, dislocations, and trauma from traffic accidents are not uncommon in Cambodia.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

In order to replace a destroyed joint, surgeons must completely remove it. An incision is made over the affected joint, and dissection is carefully performed down to the bone. A saw is then used to carefully cut the ends of the joint away. The deformed, arthritic bone is removed. In some cases, an artificial metal prosthesis is then fitted to the ends of the bone and secured. A plastic bearing is then placed between the two metal ends of the joint so that the joint can move with low friction. The wound is closed. The patient will typically receive physical therapy, teaching him or her range of motion exercises and strengthening techniques.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The patient is able to walk without pain and can return to work to support his or her family.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Surgery always carries a risk of a death, but such a complication is very unlikely. This surgery is highly successful.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Surgical treatment is not easily accessible in rural Cambodia. In cities, it is too expensive for many patients to afford. Patients travel anywhere from 30 minutes to eight hours to reach Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment. They learn about CSC from family members or neighbors who have received treatment there. They travel with their family members via motorcycle or taxi.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients seek Khmer traditional medicine. They visit local healers, who provide topical and consumable treatment that is often not effective.

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