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Vochara is a girl from Cambodia who needs $497 to fund foot surgery.

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July 2, 2019

Vochara is a girl from Cambodia. She is eleven years old and enjoys studying Khmer literature, hoping one day to become a teacher. Vochara is one of five siblings, and she enjoys reading books, watching television, and helping her family around the house.

Since she was two years old, Vochara has suffered from a contracture in her right foot, limiting her range of motion and flexibility. The contracture is a result of a poorly administered vaccine injection to her right thigh.

Surgery will help to release the affected tissue in her foot, allowing her to fully extend her leg and foot without limitation. Her procedure is scheduled for July 2 and will cost $497.

Vochara is a girl from Cambodia. She is eleven years old and enjoys studying Khmer literature, hoping one day to become a teacher. Vochara i...

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Vochara's Timeline

  • July 2, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Vochara was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • July 02, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vochara received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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 06, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vochara's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 21, 2019
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Vochara is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Nerve and Tendon Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $497 for Vochara's treatment
Hospital Fees
$86
Medical Staff
$363
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A number of nerve and tendon procedures are performed at Children's Surgical Centre. These are typically performed because a nerve is no longer fully functional. Reasons for this limited functionality can include lacerations, blunt trauma, burns, and tumors. Sometimes, spinal nerves are compressed due to herniated discs, bone spurs, and tumors.

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

The patient cannot work or drive a motorbike, the most common form of transportation in Cambodia.

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

Traffic accidents, common in Cambodia, are the most typical cause of a brachial plexus injury (BPI), or damage to a network of nerves on the neck and shoulders. The inability to use a limb is debilitating for patients, whose livelihoods involve physical activity. They are often farmers, factory workers, or drivers.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

When a nerve no longer functions, the muscle that it innervates no longer functions. Surgeons either repair that nerve or use a nerve from somewhere else in the body to act as a graft. In some cases, a nerve can be redirected from a less important muscle and grafted into a more critical nerve. During a BPI surgery, surgeons divert a nerve from one destination and sew it into the non-functioning nerve. It can take three to six months before a patient fully recovers from this operation.

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

The patient will regain function in his or her arm. The patient can drive a motorbike and go back to work.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This surgery is highly effective. The nerve is already damaged, so there is no risk of causing more harm. The surgery can only improve function.

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

This surgery is not available to most Cambodians. Patients travel up to twelve hours to visit Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). They learn about CSC from the radio, a neighbor, or a family member.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternative treatments to regain limb functionality.

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