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Success! Sokhorm from Cambodia raised $425 to help him walk again.

Sokhorm
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  • $425 raised, $0 to go
$425
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$0
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Fully funded
Sokhorm's treatment was fully funded on October 17, 2016.

Photo of Sokhorm post-operation

October 26, 2016

Sokhorm successfully received treatment to help him walk again.

In April of 2014, Sokhorm was in a car accident that caused an open fracture of his left femur and knee stiffness. His wound and fracture healed, but his knee stiffness had remained ever since. As a result, it required surgery for Sokhorm to be able to bend his left leg again.

Today, Sokhorm’s doing great! After his surgery, he spent two weeks in physiotherapy to regain his mobility. He says now that he’s feeling much better and can now walk normally without pain. If Sokhorm has any problems, he can return to the medical center at any point for free treatment.

“I am happy with the result. I can walk normally and without pain,” says Sokhorm. “Thank you for helping me.”

In April of 2014, Sokhorm was in a car accident that caused an open fracture of his left femur and knee stiffness. His wound and fracture he...

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August 24, 2016

Sokhorm is a 36-year-old farmer who lives with his wife, two sons, and one daughter in Cambodia. He enjoys watching TV, working in the field, and listening to radio news.

In April of 2014, Sokhorm was in a car accident that caused an open fracture of his left femur and knee stiffness. His wound and fracture have healed, but the knee stiffness remains. He can’t bend his left leg because the muscle is scarred and contracted.

Sokhorm traveled three hours with his wife to reach Watsi’s medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment.

For $425, surgeons at CSC will perform a quadricep release operation on his left thigh. Post-surgery, Sokhorm will be able to bend his leg easily again. He will not have any difficulty walking.

Sokhorm is a 36-year-old farmer who lives with his wife, two sons, and one daughter in Cambodia. He enjoys watching TV, working in the field...

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Sokhorm's Timeline

  • August 24, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 24, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sokhorm 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 13, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sokhorm's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 17, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sokhorm's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 26, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sokhorm's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Quadriceplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $425 for Sokhorm's treatment
Hospital Fees
$194
Medical Staff
$231
Medication
$0
Supplies
$0
  • 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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