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Success! Lin from Cambodia raised $450 to fund hip replacement surgery..

Lin
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  • $450 raised, $0 to go
$450
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Lin's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Lin post-operation

June 20, 2017

Lin underwent hip replacement surgery.

Lin’s treatment for her right hip went well. Following the procedure, she was given pain medication to take as needed. She had two weeks of physiotherapy at CSC before being discharged. Her wounds have healed nicely and she does not experience any pain. The prosthesis is intact and she is able to walk with the support of crutches.

Lin says, “I am surprised with the results of the surgery. I can walk better now and do things by myself thanks to all of the doctors who have helped me. I will be able to go back to work again.”

Lin's treatment for her right hip went well. Following the procedure, she was given pain medication to take as needed. She had two weeks of ...

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April 26, 2017

Lin is a 53-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She is married and has five sons and two daughters. Lin likes to cut grass for her cows, feed her pigs, and cook for her family.

In February 2017, Lin fell down a set of stairs, fracturing her right hip. Hearing about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), from her cousin, Lin traveled to CSC with her husband for treatment.

On April 27, Lin will undergo a partial hip replacement at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, CSC’s care center. CSC is asking for $450 to cover the cost of Lin’s treatment, including hospital and physician fees.

After surgery, Lin will be able to walk easily again!

Lin is a 53-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She is married and has five sons and two daughters. Lin likes to cut grass for her cows, feed her...

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Lin's Timeline

  • April 26, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Lin was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • April 27, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lin 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.

  • May 9, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 20, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lin's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Arthroplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $450 for Lin's treatment
Hospital Fees
$105
Medical Staff
$345
Medication
$0
Supplies
$0
  • 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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