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Success! Lida from Cambodia raised $544 to fund hip repair surgery so she can return to pursuing her dreams free of discomfort.

Lida
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  • $544 raised, $0 to go
$544
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$0
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Fully funded
Lida's treatment was fully funded on November 29, 2022.

Photo of Lida post-operation

December 13, 2022

Lida underwent hip repair surgery so she can return to pursuing her dreams free of discomfort.

Lida and her parents traveled to Children’s Surgical Centre for her hip-femur malformation treatment and the surgery was a success! Lida rested in the hospital for several days and met with the physiotherapist to learn how to gradually add weight to her affected leg. When her incision has healed, she should be able to resume normal activities in three to four weeks.

Lida’s mother said: “I am very happy that the hospital staff could fix Lida’s leg so that she can walk without pain. We were so worried she would have a limp or not grow normally. Lida is positive about having the operation and happy to go to school. We are grateful to the staff at the hospital and the people who gave money so she could have this operation. Thank you!”

Lida and her parents traveled to Children's Surgical Centre for her hip-femur malformation treatment and the surgery was a success! Lida res...

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August 2, 2022

Lida is a bright and motivated ten-year-old student from Cambodia. She has two younger brothers, who are twins. To support their family, her parents sell electronic appliances from their home. Some of Lida’s favorite activities include playing with her brothers, reading books, and watching cartoons. She also loves eating her favorite meal: fried fish and fresh milk! In school, her best subjects are Khmer literature and math. She aspires to be a lawyer when she grows up.

For some time, Lida has complained of hip pain and weakness, which have progressively intensified over time. She has been diagnosed with multiple epiphyseal dysplasia, a condition that affects cartilage and bone development. Fortunately, she will undergo hip hemi-arthroplasty surgery on August 2nd at our medical partner’s care center. During this procedure, surgeons will replace half of her right hip joint.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $544 to fund Lida’s surgery at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully alleviate her pain and discomfort, allowing her to live more comfortably and confidently.

Lida’s father says, “I hope she gets well soon and can be comfortable again.”

Lida is a bright and motivated ten-year-old student from Cambodia. She has two younger brothers, who are twins. To support their family, her...

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Lida's Timeline

  • August 2, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 2, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lida 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.

  • August 2, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lida's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lida's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 13, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lida's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Hip hemi-arthroplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $544 for Lida's treatment
Hospital Fees
$89
Medical Staff
$354
Medication
$0
Supplies
$93
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 experience pain in the hip or groin, are unable to stand or put weight on the leg of the injured hip.

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

Patients with hip fractures have limited mobility and are often in constant pain.

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. This often delays proper care and patients may suffer great pain prior to surgery. Fractures never heal, and patients live with the pain. Steroids are a common pain treatment 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. Fractures are associated with significant morbidity, mortality, loss of independence, and financial burden.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

A hip hemiarthroplasty is a "half a hip replacement" and is reserved for patients who fracture the hip and where fixation is either not possible or not provide reliable results - whereas half a hip replacement is the reliable procedure. The head of the damaged thighbone (femur) is replaced with an implant that stabilizes the femur while restoring function to the hip. When the head of the femur is removed, the inside of the femur is hollowed out, and a metal stem is placed snugly inside the femur.

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

Hemiarthroplasties are often reserved for elderly patients who break their hip but where a total hip replacement may not be completely necessary. These patients get pain relief and restored mobility. Without surgery, many patients may experience further complications like blood clots from immobility.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Patients may experience prosthesis-related complications, including fracture of the bones around the implant, dislocation, infection, aseptic loosening, and wear on the socket of the hip bone. These complications can lead to increased morbidity, mortality, and cost.

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

Children's Surgical Centre was one of the first hospitals to offer hip replacement surgery and continues to offer the latest techniques for little or no cost to Cambodians who cannot afford it. Typically patients travel two to eight hours over rough or dirt roads, often in a tuk-tuk. They are referred by provincial hospitals or by neighbors and relatives.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are other surgical alternatives, and much depends on the type of fracture, the health, and the age of the patient. Many poor Cambodians seek help from traditional Khmer healers with a delayed presentation to proper care. Some fractured hips may heal on their own, but it involves complete bed rest and joint immobilization for three to four months. This creates other potential complications, especially for the elderly, and is almost impossible in Cambodian culture and lifestyle.

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Vanna

Vanna is a 38-year-old former construction worker from Cambodia. He is married and has a five-year-old son who has just started public school. His wife works in a local lamp factory. He enjoys reading the news, fishing, and playing football with friends In July of 2021, Vanna was in a motor vehicle accident in which he suffered loss of consciousness, trauma/paralysis to his right shoulder, and a fractured humerus. He had a fracture repair of his humerus done, and spent over a month in hospital. But he has also been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his right side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. Vanna has no movement of his right shoulder due to trapezius nerve damage and cannot bend his elbow or move his fingers. He is unable to work to support his young family and is in chronic pain. Vanna traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. This is the only center in the whole country where this treatment is available. On September 29th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he hopes to use his shoulder and arm again to find a job in construction. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $709 to fund this procedure. Vanna said: "After surgery, I hope my right shoulder will have movement, I have no pain, and can work for my family again."

67% funded

67%funded
$479raised
$230to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Vanna

Vanna is a 38-year-old former construction worker from Cambodia. He is married and has a five-year-old son who has just started public school. His wife works in a local lamp factory. He enjoys reading the news, fishing, and playing football with friends In July of 2021, Vanna was in a motor vehicle accident in which he suffered loss of consciousness, trauma/paralysis to his right shoulder, and a fractured humerus. He had a fracture repair of his humerus done, and spent over a month in hospital. But he has also been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his right side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. Vanna has no movement of his right shoulder due to trapezius nerve damage and cannot bend his elbow or move his fingers. He is unable to work to support his young family and is in chronic pain. Vanna traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. This is the only center in the whole country where this treatment is available. On September 29th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he hopes to use his shoulder and arm again to find a job in construction. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $709 to fund this procedure. Vanna said: "After surgery, I hope my right shoulder will have movement, I have no pain, and can work for my family again."

67% funded

67%funded
$479raised
$230to go