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Success! Pov from Cambodia raised $544 to fund hip repair surgery so she can walk easily and free of pain.

Pov
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$544
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Fully funded
Pov's treatment was fully funded on December 14, 2022.

Photo of Pov post-operation

December 26, 2022

Pov underwent hip repair surgery so she can walk easily and free of pain.

Surgeons were able to repair Pov’s hip joint with a surgical procedure. She remained in the hospital for a few days and spent time with the physiotherapist to learn exercises to strengthen her muscles when her incision has healed. When her fracture has fully healed, she will no longer be in pain and will be able to return to her active life of caring for her family.

Pov said, “I am relieved my pain will go away and I can walk without help from others. It has been hard on my family because I could not walk and was in pain. Now we can return to normal life soon. Thank you to the hospital staff and strangers who helped me to have a good outcome.”

Surgeons were able to repair Pov's hip joint with a surgical procedure. She remained in the hospital for a few days and spent time with the ...

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July 11, 2022

Pov is a caring mother from Cambodia. She has one daughter, who is in second grade. Some of her favorite ways to spend her time are cooking, listening to the news on the radio, and watching videos on Facebook.

Seven years ago, Pov was in a traffic accident in Thailand. Doctors at a nearby hospital performed an open reduction internal fixation procedure on her left tibia in an attempt to stabilize and heal her bone. However, she still experiences pain. A recent X-ray scan showed that Pov has a left femoral neck fracture, which is a hip fracture of the thigh bone.

Fortunately, Pov traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On July 11th, she will undergo a hip hemiarthroplasty. During this procedure, surgeons will replace the head of the damaged femur to stabilize the bone and restore mobility. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $544 to fund this procedure. This covers supplies, treatment, and inpatient care.

Pov says, “I hope I can walk properly after surgery and am free of pain.”

Pov is a caring mother from Cambodia. She has one daughter, who is in second grade. Some of her favorite ways to spend her time are cooking,...

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Pov's Timeline

  • July 11, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 11, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Pov 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.

  • July 12, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Pov's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 14, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Pov's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 26, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Pov's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Hip hemi-arthroplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $544 for Pov's treatment
Hospital Fees
$89
Medical Staff
$354
Medication
$0
Supplies
$93
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 experience pain in the hip or groin, are unable to stand or put weight on the leg of the injured hip.

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

Patients with hip fractures have limited mobility and are often in constant pain.

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. This often delays proper care and patients may suffer great pain prior to surgery. Fractures never heal, and patients live with the pain. Steroids are a common pain treatment 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. Fractures are associated with significant morbidity, mortality, loss of independence, and financial burden.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

A hip hemiarthroplasty is a "half a hip replacement" and is reserved for patients who fracture the hip and where fixation is either not possible or not provide reliable results - whereas half a hip replacement is the reliable procedure. The head of the damaged thighbone (femur) is replaced with an implant that stabilizes the femur while restoring function to the hip. When the head of the femur is removed, the inside of the femur is hollowed out, and a metal stem is placed snugly inside the femur.

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

Hemiarthroplasties are often reserved for elderly patients who break their hip but where a total hip replacement may not be completely necessary. These patients get pain relief and restored mobility. Without surgery, many patients may experience further complications like blood clots from immobility.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Patients may experience prosthesis-related complications, including fracture of the bones around the implant, dislocation, infection, aseptic loosening, and wear on the socket of the hip bone. These complications can lead to increased morbidity, mortality, and cost.

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

Children's Surgical Centre was one of the first hospitals to offer hip replacement surgery and continues to offer the latest techniques for little or no cost to Cambodians who cannot afford it. Typically patients travel two to eight hours over rough or dirt roads, often in a tuk-tuk. They are referred by provincial hospitals or by neighbors and relatives.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are other surgical alternatives, and much depends on the type of fracture, the health, and the age of the patient. Many poor Cambodians seek help from traditional Khmer healers with a delayed presentation to proper care. Some fractured hips may heal on their own, but it involves complete bed rest and joint immobilization for three to four months. This creates other potential complications, especially for the elderly, and is almost impossible in Cambodian culture and lifestyle.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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Emily is a newborn baby from Kenya. She is the third born in a family of three children. Her mother is a stay-at-home mum to help raise their kids and their family relies on their father's to provide for their needs. Her father does small-scale farming and other casual jobs like ploughing farms for people. Emily has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Emily has been experiencing an increasing head circumference since she was two months old. Her parents thought it would stop and she would grow healthier, but it did not. Her parents took Emily to a hospital in Narok town where she was examined and immediately referred to Bethanykids hospital's specialist team for treatment. On arrival, she was examined, diagnosed with hydrocephalus and sent for a scan. The family did not have money to cater for the CT scan and opted to go back home and have the scan done when they got money. Luckily, a neighbor lent them money for the CT scan, which was done, and they were able to bring back the results. She is now scheduled for surgery as soon as possible to protect her brain from being damaged by the excess fluid in the head. Without treatment, Emily will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Her family does not have medical insurance coverage and cannot raise the required amount of money to cater for the hospital bill. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $720 to cover the cost of surgery for Emily that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 2nd and will drain the excess fluid from Emily's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Emily will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Emily’s father says, “I always try to see things from a positive side, and I know that God will avail the required healing for our daughter.”

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