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Success! Reaksmey from Cambodia raised $385 to fund clubfoot treatment.

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Reaksmey's treatment was fully funded on August 29, 2020.

Photo of Reaksmey post-operation

July 9, 2020

Reaksmey underwent clubfoot treatment.

Reaksmey’s surgery was successful, and her clubfoot has been repaired. Her leg cast has been replaced and her leg is healing well. Soon she will return to Children’s Surgical Centre and start a short physiotherapy program. Once her leg is fully healed, it will develop normally with her left leg.

Reaksmey’s mother shared, “I am happy with the surgery. My baby’s leg looks much better and I think she will be able to walk normally when she gets older. I am so happy that she will not carry this problem with her as she grows up.”

Reaksmey's surgery was successful, and her clubfoot has been repaired. Her leg cast has been replaced and her leg is healing well. Soon she ...

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May 27, 2020

Reaksmey is one-month-old baby girl from Cambodia. Reaksmey was born with congenital clubfoot on her right foot. Her mother tried to correct this at home but attempts were unsuccessful. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes.

Fortunately, Reaksmey traveled two and a half hours to visit our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). There, surgeons will perform tendon achilles lengthening procedure followed by casting on May 28th. CSC is requesting $385 to fund Reaksmey’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, her right foot will be aligned with her left foot and she will develop normally.

Her mom says, “my daughter’s foot problem makes me very worried about her future. I hope she will not be in pain and everything will be ok.”

Reaksmey is one-month-old baby girl from Cambodia. Reaksmey was born with congenital clubfoot on her right foot. Her mother tried to correct...

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Reaksmey's Timeline

  • May 27, 2020

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

  • May 28, 2020

    Reaksmey 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.

  • May 28, 2020

    Reaksmey's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 09, 2020

    Reaksmey's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 29, 2020

    Reaksmey's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Clubfoot Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $385 for Reaksmey's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients with clubfoot experience difficulty walking, as the affected foot or feet are rotated internally at the ankle.

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

Patients with clubfoot walk on the side of their feet or ankles, making it difficult for them to walk, run, or use stairs. It can also be difficult to conduct daily activities, such as working or going to school. Patients may also experience decreased self-confidence due to the appearance of the condition.

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

Access to affordable or free surgery is limited in Cambodia, so the prevalence of children with clubfoot is higher than in developed countries.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

If a patient is too old to receive clubfoot correction through casts, braces, or other treatments, he or she will undergo surgery. The patient may undergo a soft tissue release surgery, a tendon transfer surgery, a triple arthrodesis, or an Ilizarov correction procedure.

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

The ankle is corrected and aligned so the patient can walk normally on the soles of his or her feet. This improves mobility and function.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Treatment for idiopathic newborn clubfeet has a high success rate. In contrast, syndromic newborn clubfeet have a high recurrence rate and may require further surgery later in life. For neglected clubfeet in older patients, surgery is needed and is usually effective.

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

Access to affordable or free surgery is limited in Cambodia. Patients travel from as many as 12 hours away to reach our medical partner for free surgery. They travel with family members.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Most of the clubfoot cases our medical partner sees are neglected cases. The patient may have never received treatment, may have received unsuccessful treatments, or may have a reoccurring condition. By the time the patient arrives at our medical partner, there are no alternatives.

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