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Success! Panha from Cambodia raised $425 to fund surgery to help him walk.

Panha
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  • $425 raised, $0 to go
$425
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Panha's treatment was fully funded on November 24, 2016.

Photo of Panha post-operation

January 24, 2017

Panha can walk again.

Panha’s treatment went very well. Following his procedure, he was given pain medication and had two weeks of physiotherapy. Panha is now able to walk by himself and does not experience pain.

Panha’s mother says, “I am happy to see my son walk normally again without any pain.”

Panha's treatment went very well. Following his procedure, he was given pain medication and had two weeks of physiotherapy. Panha is now abl...

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October 25, 2016

Panha is a ten-year-old boy from Cambodia. He is just starting the 4th grade at his local school. Panha likes to do homework and watch the song channel on TV in his free time.

When Panha was four years old, he received poorly administered injections in his left thigh. This caused a muscle fibrosis in his hip, which makes it very difficult for him to walk. Panha is in constant pain, and he cannot easily bend or move his left leg.

Panha traveled with his mother for three hours to seek treatment at Watsi’s medical partner, Children’s Surgical Center (CSC). On October 25, 2016, surgeons at CSC performed a quadriceplasty to release the contracted adhesions and improve the range of Panha’s flexion muscle. This will allow Panha to walk more easily and without pain. $425 in funds will cover necessary medications, surgical procedures, and physical therapy.

Panha shares, “After the operation, I want to go home and return to school.”

Panha is a ten-year-old boy from Cambodia. He is just starting the 4th grade at his local school. Panha likes to do homework and watch the s...

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Panha's Timeline

  • October 25, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 25, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Panha 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.

  • November 08, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Panha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 24, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Panha's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 24, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Panha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Quadriceplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $425 for Panha'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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