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Success! Chhorn from Cambodia raised $1,118 to fund hip replacement surgery so he can regain mobility.

Chhorn
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  • $1,118 raised, $0 to go
$1,118
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Chhorn's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2022.

Photo of Chhorn post-operation

January 9, 2023

Chhorn underwent hip replacement surgery so he can regain mobility and walk more easily.

Chhorn’s hip replacement surgery was successful, and he was able to take steps without as much pain the following day. He will be able to resume his normal activity and hopes to return full capacity on his farm soon.

Chhorn’s wife said: “We are relieved the doctors could ease Chhorn’s hip pain. The difference is amazing, his hip already feels stronger. It was difficult for me to manage the farm by myself and see Chhorn in pain, and now he is better. We are so grateful to have affordable health care available. Thank you to the people who made this available to Cambodians who need this help.”

Chhorn's hip replacement surgery was successful, and he was able to take steps without as much pain the following day. He will be able to r...

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July 20, 2022

Chhorn is a 56-year-old rice and vegetable farmer from Cambodia. He is married and has three sons and one daughter. Two of his sons are married and work in construction. Chhorn enjoys talking with friends, listening to the news on the radio, and watching TV.

Two years ago, Chhorn began experiencing hip pain and is now unable to walk. He has avascular necrosis of the right and left hip, meaning a lack of blood supply is causing the death of the bone tissue in his hips.

Fortunately, a neighbor told Chhorn about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). At CSC’s care center, surgeons will perform a total hip replacement to relieve Chhorn of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for July 20th. Chhorn needs help raising $1,118 to pay for this procedure.

Chhorn says, “I hope I can walk without pain after my surgery.”

Chhorn is a 56-year-old rice and vegetable farmer from Cambodia. He is married and has three sons and one daughter. Two of his sons are marr...

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Chhorn's Timeline

  • July 20, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 20, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chhorn 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 20, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chhorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 31, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chhorn's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 9, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chhorn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 21 donors

Funded by 21 donors

Treatment
Hip Replacement (Cemented)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,118 for Chhorn's treatment
Hospital Fees
$171
Medical Staff
$596
Medication
$0
Supplies
$343
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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