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Success! Kakrona from Cambodia raised $454 to fund surgery to treat his congenital condition amniotic band syndrome.

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Kakrona's treatment was fully funded on December 23, 2020.

Photo of Kakrona post-operation

December 23, 2020

Kakrona underwent surgery to treat his congenital condition.

Kakrona’s surgery was successful to released the contractures on his right leg from amniotic band syndrome. The team also repaired his hand with an extra digit and syndactyly. Kakrona’s family was very worried about his congenital disease and how it would affect him as he grows. They have had several surgeries for him, which has prevented them from working and caused a lot financial stress.

Kakrona spent several days at the hospital; his stitches will be removed soon, as his wound is healing well. He will be able to use his foot when his family takes him for walks and is excited to play and learn to write when he starts school.

His parents said, “We are very happy that he had a successful surgery and he has a normal leg and hand now. Thank you.”

Kakrona's surgery was successful to released the contractures on his right leg from amniotic band syndrome. The team also repaired his hand ...

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October 15, 2020

Kakrona is a one-year-old boy from Cambodia. He lives with his parents, who are farmers, as well as his older brother and sister. His parents take their children for walks everyday, and Kakrona already likes to say hello to all his friends nearby. At home, he likes to draw pictures and watch TV.

Since he was born, Kakrona has had amniotic band syndrome, which causes contractures in hands and feet, as well as swelling of his ankle joint. Kakrona’s ankle has contracted, and it is difficult for him to walk or use his foot. Luckily, surgeons at our Medical Partner Children’s Surgical Centre can perform a contracture release procedure, which will allow him to gain range of movement in his foot.

Kakrona’s mother said, “I am so happy that my son has a chance to get this surgery. I hope that after this he can start walking and grow up well.”

Kakrona is a one-year-old boy from Cambodia. He lives with his parents, who are farmers, as well as his older brother and sister. His parent...

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Kakrona's Timeline

  • October 15, 2020

    Kakrona was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • October 15, 2020

    Kakrona received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre in Cambodia. 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.

  • October 16, 2020

    Kakrona's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 23, 2020

    Kakrona's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 23, 2020

    Kakrona's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $454 for Kakrona's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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