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Success! Tok from Cambodia raised $430 to fund knee surgery following a road accident.

Tok
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  • $430 raised, $0 to go
$430
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Tok's treatment was fully funded on February 2, 2021.

Photo of Tok post-operation

January 23, 2021

Tok underwent knee surgery following a road accident.

Tok’s procedure on her knee was successful. She will need to keep her leg in a cast for several weeks, and will continue to receive follow-up treatment from our partner CSC. After that, Tok will begin a program of physiotherapy to ensure that she has a full range of motion and regains her strength. Once she has fully recovered, she is eager to be able to walk normally again.

Tok shared, “I hope I can walk again soon. I look forward to going back to the rice field after recovery.”

Tok's procedure on her knee was successful. She will need to keep her leg in a cast for several weeks, and will continue to receive follow-u...

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September 22, 2020

Tok is a 53-year-old farmer from Cambodia. Tok got married 35 years ago, her husband recently passed away from an illness. She has one son, four daughters, and four grandchildren. She spends her time cleaning, cooking, and taking care of her chickens.

In February 2018, Tok was in a motor accident the injured her left knee. She was taken to a government hospital for a tibia fracture repair surgery but this did not restore her left leg’s range of motion. She arrived at our Medical Partner’s Hospital unable to extend her left leg fully, which has made walking difficult for her.

When Tok learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for five hours seeking treatment. On September 22nd, surgeons at CSC will perform a quadricepsplasty procedure of her left knee to help her walk again. Now, Tok needs help to fund this $430 procedure.

Tok told us, “I hope I will be able to walk easily again after this surgery.”

Tok is a 53-year-old farmer from Cambodia. Tok got married 35 years ago, her husband recently passed away from an illness. She has one son, ...

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Tok's Timeline

  • September 22, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Tok was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • September 22, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tok 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 23, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tok's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 23, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tok's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 02, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tok's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Treatment
Quadriceplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $430 for Tok's treatment
Hospital Fees
$66
Medical Staff
$158
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
Labs
$3
Radiology
$163
  • 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.