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Success! Saroem from Cambodia raised $417 to fund contracture release surgery.

Saroem
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  • $417 raised, $0 to go
$417
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Saroem's treatment was fully funded on February 1, 2018.

Photo of Saroem post-operation

January 12, 2018

Saroem underwent contracture release surgery.

Saroem’s operation went smoothly, and she now has improved hand function. Saroem will continue to do physiotherapy and looks forward to being able to do everyday tasks with more ease.

She says, “Thank you for helping me fix my hand.”

Saroem's operation went smoothly, and she now has improved hand function. Saroem will continue to do physiotherapy and looks forward to bein...

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December 6, 2017

Saroem is a ninth grader from Cambodia. She has three siblings and enjoys spending time with her family around the house. In the future, she would like to be an English teacher.

She has a congenital disease called neurofibromatosis and has developed a contracture on her right hand. This limits her ability to write, eat, and complete everyday tasks.

Saroem traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On December 6, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a contracture release procedure. Now, Saroem needs help to raise $417 to fund this procedure. We are also fundraising for her mass excision procedure.

Saroem is a ninth grader from Cambodia. She has three siblings and enjoys spending time with her family around the house. In the future, she...

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Saroem's Timeline

  • December 6, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 06, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Saroem 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.

  • December 07, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Saroem's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 12, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Saroem's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 01, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Saroem's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $417 for Saroem's treatment
Hospital Fees
$65
Medical Staff
$304
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?

Contractures are permanently shortened muscles or joints that occur most commonly in the elbow, ankle, knee, hip, and shoulder. As the muscle is unable to stretch, the affected area has considerably limited movement. Other symptoms include pain and inflammation.

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

The inability to move the affected area impacts mobility and can reduce the patient’s ability to perform daily tasks independently.

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

Trauma is a major cause of contractures, and road traffic accidents—particularly with motorcycles—are pervasive in Cambodia. In addition, the longer that the contracture goes without treatment, the less chance there is of motion recovery; the lack of many surgical centers in Cambodia means that patients do not often present early for treatment.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Contracture release surgery aims to remove or cut the thickened scar tissue (fascia) and procedures vary depending on the joint affected. There are three main ways of treating a contracture: open fasciotomy, which cuts the fascia by cutting open the overlying skin; needle fasciotomy, which cuts through the fascia using a needle and without opening the skin; and open fasciectomy, which removes the fascia.

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

Surgical treatment of contracture restores movement to the affected area, allowing patients increased function and reduced pain.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

The surgery carries a small risk of infection and of damage to nearby tendons, blood vessels, and nerves. Postoperative complications include loss of flexion and hematoma.

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

While some treatment for contractures can be available locally, certain contractures need surgery to restore motion. Affordable surgical care is not very accessible, and so patients travel as much as twelve hours to reach Children's Surgical Centre for free surgery, arriving by bus, motorbike, or taxi.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Physical therapy, splinting, and other exercises may be able to increase movement if the contracture is only in the muscles; joint contractures and contractures that do not respond to other treatments may require a surgery to restore function of the affected area.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.