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Success! Horn from Cambodia raised $539 to fund mobility-restoring hip surgery.

Horn
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  • $539 raised, $0 to go
$539
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Horn's treatment was fully funded on September 5, 2020.

Photo of Horn post-operation

July 9, 2020

Horn underwent mobility-restoring hip surgery.

Horn’s surgery was successful. After ten days, his sutures will be removed and he will start a program of physiotherapy to build strength in his leg. He will have regular followup appointments to make sure the healing process goes well. After fully recovering, Horn will no longer experience any pain and will have a much stronger, albeit stiffer, leg.

Horn shared, “My pain is already gone and I am so happy about that. Now, I want to walk again and enjoy myself like I did before my hip got bad. I will get used to walking with a more stiff leg.”

Horn's surgery was successful. After ten days, his sutures will be removed and he will start a program of physiotherapy to build strength in...

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June 3, 2020

Horn and his wife have been married for forty years, and have three daughters together. His wife works with him in the fields, while his daughters are all still in high school. He spends free time with his friends raising livestock for sale.

Four months ago, Horn started feeling pain in his left hip. He had one previous surgery there, but no trauma. His pain reached the point where he can no longer walk unaided, and he had to stop working. On recommendation from one of his friends, he traveled for nearly ten hours to come to Watsi’s Medical Partner CSC to receive treatment.

Doctors at CSC will perform a girdlestone procedure in order to alleviate his pain. Once he recovers, he will no longer experience any pain in his hip, but his mobility will be reduced and he will use a cane. He will be able to continue working and doing the same activities he enjoyed before.

Horn said, “I am glad my pain will finally be gone after my surgery. I cannot walk or do anything right now, so I am excited for the day I can finally go back to working and supporting my family.”

Horn and his wife have been married for forty years, and have three daughters together. His wife works with him in the fields, while his dau...

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Horn's Timeline

  • June 3, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 03, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Horn 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.

  • June 04, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Horn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 09, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Horn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 05, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Horn's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Treatment
Arthroplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $539 for Horn'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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