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Success! Sopha from Cambodia raised $378 to treat a patellar dislocation and scar contractures.

Sopha
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Fully funded
Sopha's treatment was fully funded on March 18, 2016.

Photo of Sopha post-operation

May 13, 2016

Sopha received surgery for his patellar dislocation and scar contractures.

Sopha’s surgery went well - he will have physical therapy for 2 weeks and a followup appointment in 3 months. He can walk better now and is not in any pain. He can do things for himself now without needing any help.

His mom shared, “I was really surprised with the result of my son’s surgery. Now he can walk properly again. Thanks to all for helping us.”

Sopha's surgery went well - he will have physical therapy for 2 weeks and a followup appointment in 3 months. He can walk better now and is ...

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March 1, 2016

Meet four-year-old Sopha from Cambodia. When Sopha was first born, he received a poorly administered injection in the hospital. “The injection in his right quadriceps caused the muscle to contract and scar,” our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) shares, “and as he has grown, this has dragged his patella out of place.”

The muscle contracture and tension on the knee have made it painful for Sopha to walk. After hearing about CSC from an organization near their village, Sopha’s mother travelled three hours to bring him to CSC for surgery to fix the contractures in his leg.

$378 will fund Sopha’s quadriceplasty operation, where doctors will surgically release the scarred contracture tissue in his right leg. This will improve his mobility and range of flexion in his knee. Sopha will also receive physiotherapy sessions after his procedure, where he will learn exercise that he can do at home to ensure that his leg regains full function.

Sopha’s mother is very excited for her son’s surgery so that he can return home to their family. “After surgery I hope my son can walk properly again,” she shares.

Meet four-year-old Sopha from Cambodia. When Sopha was first born, he received a poorly administered injection in the hospital. "The injecti...

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Sopha's Timeline

  • March 1, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sopha was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • March 01, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sopha received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre.

  • March 16, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sopha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 18, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sopha's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 13, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sopha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Treatment
Quadriceplasty
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

After trauma, fracture, or complication from an intramuscular injection, fibrosis may occur in the quadriceps muscle of the thigh. In other words, the muscle's connective tissue may thicken and scar. Patients will experience limited range of motion in their legs. Some may find walking painful, and some may not be able to bend their knees at all. Surgeons perform a quadriceplasty to release the fibrosis and to improve mobility and the range of flexion of the knee.

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

Quadriceps fibrosis causes severe stiffness in the knee and makes it difficult for the patient to walk, sit, climb stairs, or ride a motorcycle—the primary form of transportation in Cambodia.

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

Almost 50% of Cambodians live on $2 a day. Due to Cambodia’s underdeveloped medical system, access to basic healthcare is out of reach for most people. Rural Cambodians self-medicate or rely on local traditional healers, further complicating conditions. Poorly trained health care providers are dispatched to rural and poor parts of Cambodia to offer free vaccinations to children. Most cases seen by our medical partner are the result of poorly administered vaccines.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Surgeons release the fibrosis tissue and adhesion tissue. In some cases, after the fibrosis tissue is released, another procedure called a V-Y plasty is needed to lengthen the muscle.

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

A quadriceplasty helps the patient regain flexibility in the knee. The patient can resume daily life without pain and return to work, school, and other activities.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

The treatment is effective if proper physiotherapy follows the operation.

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

Rural Cambodians often self-medicate or seek treatment from traditional healers. Even if patients can afford to go to a local clinic for treatment, they might receive poor care and physiotherapy. Patients usually learn about CSC by word of mouth or are referred from other hospitals.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

If quadriceps fibrosis is diagnosed early, a patient can be treated effectively with physiotherapy.

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