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Success! Rottana from Cambodia raised $378 to restore motion in her leg.

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Rottana's treatment was fully funded on July 30, 2016.

Photo of Rottana post-operation

September 17, 2016

Rottana received successful quadricepsplasty surgery.

After surgery, Rottana had two weeks of physiotherapy at Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) before going home. The wound has healed, and she is walking easily now.

“Now my daughter can bend her knee and play with her sisters easily,” Rottana’s mother shared. “Thank you for your help.”

After surgery, Rottana had two weeks of physiotherapy at Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) before going home. The wound has healed, and she i...

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June 28, 2016

Meet Rottana, a two-year-old girl from Cambodia. Rottana lives at home with her sister and her parents. She traveled two hours with her mother to reach our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment.

Rottana received a poorly administered injection in each thigh when she was six months old. This caused bilateral quadriceps fibrosis, which means that she can’t bend her legs or walk easily. Her knees are stiff because of the contracted quadriceps muscles.

Surgeons at CSC will perform a quadricepsplasty surgery on the left quadriceps muscle to release the fibrosis. She will be able to bend her leg easily after the operation.

Let’s help Rottana get back on her feet.

Meet Rottana, a two-year-old girl from Cambodia. Rottana lives at home with her sister and her parents. She traveled two hours with her moth...

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Rottana's Timeline

  • June 28, 2016

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

  • June 28, 2016

    Rottana 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 29, 2016

    Rottana's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 30, 2016

    Rottana's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 17, 2016

    Rottana's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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  • 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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Rin is a 49-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He and his wife have been married for 20 years, and have two children together. His wife works in a factory, and his children are all in school. He works long hours, and raises chickens for additional income. He enjoys cooking for his family in his free time. Rin had a work accident and has an open fracture on left forearm. He went to a local hospital for an open reduction internal fixation and skin graft, but the surgery did not help him feel better. He has now come to Watsi's Medical Partner CSC because the fracture is still impacting him in a challenging way. He cannot use his fingers and has pain when he tries to work with this hand. One year ago, he was dragged under a vehicle and fractured his left forearm. He went to a local hospital and was operated on, but the fracture did not heal properly. He still experiences chronic pain from his injury, and he cannot move his hand. His family has lost their primary source of income since he cannot work, and he is worried about being able to support them. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On June 3rd, Rin will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. After the surgery, he will be able move his wrist and hand, and return to work. Rin said, "I am proud of my work and I want to work so I can support my family. My hand is in pain all the time, but I really hope that this surgery is enough for me to keep working."

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