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Success! Chhorn from Cambodia raised $1,087 to fund a hip replacement after a serious fall.

Chhorn
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  • $1,087 raised, $0 to go
$1,087
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Chhorn's treatment was fully funded on February 6, 2021.

Photo of Chhorn post-operation

January 15, 2021

Chhorn underwent a hip replacement after a serious fall.

Chhorn’s procedure was successful! Our medical partner shared that she will continue to receive treatment for two weeks, until her surgical wound is healed. Then she will be able to return home, coming back for follow-ups to ensure she is fully recovering. She will start a program of physiotherapy to build strength and ensure a full range of movement. Once she has fully recovered, Chhorn will be able to walk easily and enjoy the daily work at her farm again.

Chhorn said, “Using crutches all the time was so frustrating, but now I will be able to walk by myself. I am excited to be able to work again and help my family with everything.”

Chhorn's procedure was successful! Our medical partner shared that she will continue to receive treatment for two weeks, until her surgical ...

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October 1, 2020

Chhorn is a 36-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Chhorn was married 18 years ago and together that have three daughters and one son. Chhorn’s husband is also a farmer. Chhorn enjoys taking care of her grandchild, cooking, and watching Thai movies on TV.

In October 2018, Chhorn slipped and fell causing her hip pain. She sought treatment at a Khmer traditional healer but it did not help with the pain. Four months after the accident she went to a provincial hospital and had an x-ray that showed a fracture of the left hip. After that Chhorn went home and took pain relievers because she had no money for the surgery to treat her hip. Her neighbor told her to come to Watsi’s Medical Partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), so she traveled five hours to reach us. Chhorn presented at CSC unable to walk without crutches, with limited range of motion, and in pain.

Fortunately, at CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Chhorn of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for October 1st, and Chhorn needs help raising $1,087 to pay for this procedure.

Chhorn said, “my condition makes me feel very bad because I can not walk well and I’m in pain. I hope this hip replacement operation will help me.”

Chhorn is a 36-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Chhorn was married 18 years ago and together that have three daughters and one son. Chhor...

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Chhorn's Timeline

  • October 1, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Chhorn was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • October 1, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chhorn received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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 2, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chhorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 15, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chhorn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 6, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chhorn's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 26 donors

Funded by 26 donors

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