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Success! Sopheak from Cambodia raised $541 to fund a tendon lengthening procedure.

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Sopheak's treatment was fully funded on October 25, 2021.

Photo of Sopheak post-operation

October 29, 2021

Sopheak underwent a tendon lengthening procedure to help him walk again.

Sopheak traveled 3 hours to have surgery on his leg. He will rest for a few days, then start working with the physiotherapy team to improve his gait and strengthen the atrophied muscles. This treatment will help him to walk and be able to search for work once again.

His wife said: “I am so happy that the surgeons were able to do an operation to help Sopheak walk normally again. We are hopeful that this will help him, and he can look for work to support our family. Thank you to everyone who helped him to have such a valuable surgery.”

Sopheak traveled 3 hours to have surgery on his leg. He will rest for a few days, then start working with the physiotherapy team to improve ...

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August 30, 2021

Sopheak is a 31-year-old married man who lives with his wife and his parents. For work, he grows vegetables at home that his wife sells at the market. He also helps with chores around the house. He loves to read, play classical Khmer music, or watch movies on his computer in his free time.

When he was ten years old, Sopheak contracted polio and since then, he has experienced difficulty walking. Over time, this has led to muscle atrophy and a weakening of the tendons in both legs. It is difficult for him to stand for extended periods of time, resulting in loss of work and income.

Sopheak traveled to visit our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. On August 30th, doctors plan to perform a tendon lengthening procedure on his left foot. This procedure will increase the flexibility of Sopheak’s ankle, and once he has fully recovered, he will be able to walk more easily. Now, he needs help to fund this $541 procedure.

Sopheak shared, “I am excited to get healthy and walk more, so that I can also work more often to support my parents, and I hope to start my own family.”

Sopheak is a 31-year-old married man who lives with his wife and his parents. For work, he grows vegetables at home that his wife sells at t...

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Sopheak's Timeline

  • August 30, 2021

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

  • August 30, 2021

    Sopheak 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.

  • September 1, 2021

    Sopheak's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 25, 2021

    Sopheak's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 29, 2021

    Sopheak's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Nerve and Tendon Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $541 for Sopheak'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?

A number of nerve and tendon procedures are performed at Children's Surgical Centre. These are typically performed because a nerve is no longer fully functional. Reasons for this limited functionality can include lacerations, blunt trauma, burns, and tumors. Sometimes, spinal nerves are compressed due to herniated discs, bone spurs, and tumors.

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

The patient cannot work or drive a motorbike, the most common form of transportation in Cambodia.

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

Traffic accidents, common in Cambodia, are the most typical cause of a brachial plexus injury (BPI), or damage to a network of nerves on the neck and shoulders. The inability to use a limb is debilitating for patients, whose livelihoods involve physical activity. They are often farmers, factory workers, or drivers.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

When a nerve no longer functions, the muscle that it innervates no longer functions. Surgeons either repair that nerve or use a nerve from somewhere else in the body to act as a graft. In some cases, a nerve can be redirected from a less important muscle and grafted into a more critical nerve. During a BPI surgery, surgeons divert a nerve from one destination and sew it into the non-functioning nerve. It can take three to six months before a patient fully recovers from this operation.

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

The patient will regain function in his or her arm. The patient can drive a motorbike and go back to work.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This surgery is highly effective. The nerve is already damaged, so there is no risk of causing more harm. The surgery can only improve function.

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

This surgery is not available to most Cambodians. Patients travel up to twelve hours to visit Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). They learn about CSC from the radio, a neighbor, or a family member.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternative treatments to regain limb functionality.

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