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Success! Hor from Cambodia raised $378 to help her walk properly.

Hor
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Fully funded
Hor's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2015.

Photo of Hor post-operation

February 16, 2016

Hor received surgery to help her walk again.

Hor’s leg has regained mobility, and she is now able to walk by herself without experiencing pain. To ensure that Hor continues to heal correctly and grows more stable in her ability to walk, she will go to physical therapy for two more weeks, and have a three-month followup appointment.

Her mother expresses her gratitude to the staff at CSC who have helped her daughter, and shares, “I am very happy to see my daughter can walk again without needing help.”

Hor's leg has regained mobility, and she is now able to walk by herself without experiencing pain. To ensure that Hor continues to heal corr...

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December 17, 2015

Two-year-old Hor enjoys playing with her dolls and watching cartoons on television in her home in Cambodia.

“After a poorly administered injection at three months old, Hor experienced a tightening of her left quadriceps,” our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), tells us. “It is difficult for her to flex her knee because the fibrosis has dragged her patella out of place as she has grown.”

Hor’s mother has made finding care for her daughter a top priority. “I can’t go to work and am spending money and time to find treatment for her,” she says.

For $378, Hor will undergo a quadriceplasty, a surgical technique in which doctors release adhesions and contractures in the quadriceps muscles to make it easier for her to bend her knee. Funding also covers the costs of two weeks of hospital care, five days of post-operative care, and four follow-up appointments during the first year after surgery.

“After a quadriceplasty surgery, Hor’s left leg will regain mobility,” says CSC. “She will have regular physical therapy at CSC after surgery to help her learn to walk.”

Hor’s mother looks forward to the positive impact of a successful surgery for Hor. “I hope my daughter will be able to walk like other kids,” she says. “And when she grows up, I want her to go to school and become a teacher.”

Two-year-old Hor enjoys playing with her dolls and watching cartoons on television in her home in Cambodia. “After a poorly administered ...

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Hor's Timeline

  • December 17, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Hor was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • December 17, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Hor 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.

  • December 31, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Hor's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 31, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Hor's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 16, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Hor's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Quadriceplasty
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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