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Success! Puth from Cambodia raised $413 to fund repair surgery.

Puth
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  • $413 raised, $0 to go
$413
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Puth's treatment was fully funded on November 5, 2018.

Photo of Puth post-operation

September 12, 2018

Puth underwent repair surgery.

Puth’s surgery went well and she’s been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in her leg and knee. Surgery will allow Puth to greatly improve her quality of life and allow her to walk without pain.

Her mother says, “Many thanks for the operation. My daughter looks good and she can easily walk and run again.”

Puth's surgery went well and she's been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in her leg and knee. Surger...

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September 4, 2018

Puth is a second grade student from Cambodia. She has two older sisters. She likes to eat fried rice and play with her sisters. She likes studying Khmer literature and wants to be a doctor when she grows up.

In infancy, she received poorly administered injections, causing a flexion contracture of her right knee. She is unable to ride her bike.

When Puth’s family learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, they traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On September 5, surgeons at CSC will perform a quadricepsplasty procedure of her right leg to help her walk easily again. Now, Puth’s family needs help to fund this $413 procedure.

Puth is a second grade student from Cambodia. She has two older sisters. She likes to eat fried rice and play with her sisters. She likes st...

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Puth's Timeline

  • September 4, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 05, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Puth 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.

  • September 05, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Puth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 12, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Puth's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 05, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Puth's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Quadriceplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $413 for Puth's treatment
Hospital Fees
$65
Medical Staff
$141
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
Labs
$3
Radiology
$164
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.