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Success! Kompheak from Cambodia raised $539 to fund hip surgery so he can walk again.

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Kompheak's treatment was fully funded on December 17, 2021.

Photo of Kompheak post-operation

December 23, 2021

Kompheak underwent hip surgery so he can walk again.

Kompheak had successful surgery to repair his injured hip. When he is stronger, he will return to his province and his family. This surgery was important to avoid any future complications and will allow him to walk again. He’ll be able to return to farming and supporting his family.

His wife said, “I am so happy to see that Kompheak can walk again. We can farm again and make money to feed our children and send them to school. Thank you to everyone who helped.”

Kompheak had successful surgery to repair his injured hip. When he is stronger, he will return to his province and his family. This surgery ...

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September 15, 2021

Kompheak is a 33-year-old father. He is married with three active boys ages six, five, and three years old. The oldest boy is in school, while the others stay home with their parents. He and his wife work as farmers and grow vegetables for a living.

Two years ago, Kompheak was in a motor vehicle crash where he injured his hip. He has tried physical therapy and takes pain medication when the pain is unbearable, but the pain persists and he has difficulty walking.

Fortunately, our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), is helping Kompheak to receive treatment. Surgeons at CSC will perform a hemiarthroplasty, where they will replace half of his hip joint. After recovery, he will be able to walk and work to support his family. Now, he needs help to fund this $539 procedure.

Kompheak shared that he hopes that he can walk without pain and return to farming soon as possible to support his family.

Kompheak is a 33-year-old father. He is married with three active boys ages six, five, and three years old. The oldest boy is in school, whi...

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Kompheak's Timeline

  • September 15, 2021

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

  • September 15, 2021

    Kompheak 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 19, 2021

    Kompheak's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 17, 2021

    Kompheak's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 23, 2021

    Kompheak's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $539 for Kompheak's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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