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Success! Navann from Cambodia raised $1,087 to fund a total hip replacement so she can grow up walking pain-free.

Navann
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$1,087
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Fully funded
Navann's treatment was fully funded on April 4, 2022.

Photo of Navann post-operation

April 15, 2022

Navann underwent a total hip replacement so she can grow up walking pain-free.

Navann and her parents traveled two hours to our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre where specialty surgeons repaired her hip. She was placed in a spica cast to hold her legs in the correct position for healing; and she will need to keep the cast on for 6-12 weeks. Navann’s parents were given instructions on how to perform daily activities, maintain the cast, and identify any problems, and returned home with a plan to return to CSC for a post-operative check in six weeks. Once the cast is removed, Navann’s walking development should proceed normally, and she should have no further problems.

Navann’s mother said: “I was so worried my baby would never walk properly, and I am relieved she will be normal. Thank you so much to the surgeons and staff that took good care of her, and to everyone who supported her surgery. We are very grateful for the care we received so that Navann can have a normal childhood and play with her sister.”

Navann and her parents traveled two hours to our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre where specialty surgeons repaired her hip. She w...

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March 22, 2022

Navann is an adventurous 15-month-old girl. She is the youngest child in her family, with one three-year-old sister, and lives with her parents who make a living working as garment workers in a clothing factory. She likes to play with her older sister, and enjoys drinking milk, and eating any soup her mother makes.

When Navann started learning to walk, at around 12 months, her mother noted that her left hip seemed shorter than her right hip. Navann was brought to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with developmental dysplasia of her left hip, a condition where the “ball and socket” joint of the hip does not properly form in babies and young children. As a result, her gait is uneven and she has difficulty walking, which causes her to sometimes cry when trying to keep up with her sister. Navann needs surgery to repair her hip, and a SPICA cast to maintain proper hip position. If not treated, it can cause painful long term problems for her.

Fortunately, Navann’s family learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). There surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Navann of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Her treatment is scheduled for March 22nd. Navann and her family need help raising $1,087 to pay for this procedure.

Her mother said: “I hope that Navann will have a good result after surgery, and she will walk like other children.”

Navann is an adventurous 15-month-old girl. She is the youngest child in her family, with one three-year-old sister, and lives with her pare...

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Navann's Timeline

  • March 22, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 22, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Navann 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.

  • March 23, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Navann's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 4, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Navann's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 15, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Navann's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Hip Replacement (Cemented)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,087 for Navann's treatment
Hospital Fees
$160
Medical Staff
$579
Medication
$0
Supplies
$340
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 typically experience severe hip pain and difficulty walking or standing. By the time Children's Surgical Centre provides treatment, patients have often lived with these symptoms for months or more. A total hip replacement (THR) treats hips that are severely damaged and therefore not amenable to other forms of treatment.

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

Patients may not be able to walk or walk normally. Physical activity is extremely restricted, making any movement painful. This prevents patients from carrying out daily life, going to work, attending school, or taking care of themselves and their families.

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. Their fractures never heal, and patients live with the pain. Steroids are a common painkiller 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.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

During a hip replacement, doctors replace both the acetabulum (hipbone socket) and femoral head (head of the femur) with prosthetic implants. Doctors remove the dead or broken bone. A cup is inserted into the acetabulum, and a metal hip prosthesis is inserted into the femur.

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

The patient will be able to walk independently without pain, improving quality of life.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Severe disability, arthritis, and avascular necrosis of the hip can be successfully treated by a THR. This treatment is highly effective, with few risks.

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

Most Cambodians visit Khmer traditional healers before seeking modern medical care. As recently as ten years ago, a THR was unavailable in Cambodia. Children's Surgical Centre is one of the few centers that provides this procedure.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Younger patients can elect to undergo hip fusion surgery and postpone the THR until later in life. The duration of the prosthesis is 10-15 years.

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