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Dalin is a young farmer and loving mother from Cambodia who needs $600 to fund surgery to fix her left ankle so she can walk again.

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September 13, 2022

Dalin is a 22-year-old farmer. She is married and has one young son who just started preschool. She loves to play with him in her free time. Her husband is also a farmer. They grow rice during the rainy season as well as vegetables to sell at local markets.

In January 2020, Dalin was involved in a traffic accident resulting in broken bones in her left leg. The injury did not heal properly, causing persistent swelling, pain and limited mobility. This makes it difficult for her to walk or put any weight on her left ankle.

When Dalin learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On September 13th, surgeons at CSC will perform a joint arthrodesis procedure to fuse her left ankle joint and to help her walk again. Now, Dalin needs help to fund this $600 life-changing procedure.

Dalin said, “I hope this surgery stops my pain so that I can walk easily and work for my family again.”

Dalin is a 22-year-old farmer. She is married and has one young son who just started preschool. She loves to play with him in her free time....

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Dalin's Timeline

  • September 13, 2022

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

  • September 13, 2022

    Dalin was scheduled to receive 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 17, 2022

    Dalin's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Dalin is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD

    Awaiting Dalin's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Joint Arthrodesis
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $600 for Dalin'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?

Arthrodesis is the abolition and fusion of a joint via surgical means. For example, the knee joint is obliterated to join the femur to the tibia. This is done to relieve intractable pain that cannot be managed by pain medication, splints, or other treatments. The typical causes of such pain are fractures, severe sprains, infections, and arthritis. Arthrodesis is most commonly performed on joints in the spine, hand, ankle, and foot. This procedure can also be performed on the shoulder, knee, or wrist.

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

Any painful joint can impair normal function. Moving the legs, arms, or spine may be acutely painful and disabling.

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

Patients in Cambodia often neglect pain and other symptoms far longer than patients in America, so their cases become more complex.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

There are a number of joint arthrodesis surgeries that a patient might undergo. The patient will be examined, and doctors will create a treatment plan for the affected joint.

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

The patient will be rendered pain-free. Of course, the patient will experience limited function in this joint.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Surgery performed on the limbs is not risky. However, spinal fusion procedures can entail a lot of blood loss and are inherently more risky.

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

Joint arthrodesis is not widely available in Cambodia, as there are only a handful of doctors in the country that perform fusions. Usually, people experience months or years of pain before the joint fuses itself or they manage to find a surgeon to treat it appropriately.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The alternatives to surgery are bracing or splinting, but these are temporary measures.

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