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Success! Samnang from Cambodia raised $413 to fix a knee dislocation.

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Samnang's treatment was fully funded on July 12, 2020.

Photo of Samnang post-operation

December 3, 2019

Samnang to fix a knee dislocation.

Samnang’s surgery went well and he’s been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his leg. Surgery will allow Samnang to greatly improve his quality of life and allow him to move and flex his knee and leg again and grow up without any difficulty. He looks forward to rejoining his family in the village and his friends at school.

Samnang said, “I am so happy that I am able to walk again and my leg doesn’t cause me any pain.”

Samnang's surgery went well and he's been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his leg. Surgery will ...

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November 20, 2019

Samnang is a second grade student from Cambodia. He enjoys playing games with his two brothers and two sisters, and he hopes to become a teacher when he grows up.

Three months ago, Samnang had an accident and hit his right knee on the floor He dislocated his knee cap, and is now unable to flex his leg and walk without difficulty.

When Samnang learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On November 20, surgeons at CSC will perform a quadricepsplasty procedure of his right leg to help Samnang walk easily again without any pain. Now, Samnang needs help to fund this $413 procedure.

“I hope that my son will recover from his surgery and that I will no longer have to worry about him or his condition.” - Samnang’s Mother

Samnang is a second grade student from Cambodia. He enjoys playing games with his two brothers and two sisters, and he hopes to become a tea...

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Samnang's Timeline

  • November 20, 2019

    Samnang was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • November 20, 2019

    Samnang 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.

  • November 26, 2019

    Samnang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 3, 2019

    Samnang's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 12, 2020

    Samnang's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $413 for Samnang'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?

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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Mercy is a hard working 46-year-old mom who lives with her two grown children. Because she is long separated from her husband, Mercy has taken care of their children by herself, doing whatever work she can find to support her family. Currently, her daughter is unemployed, while her son works doing jobs for a small hotel in their village. In May, Mercy was injured by a neighbor after a disagreement. She sustained an open fracture of her tibia/fibula, resulting in pain and difficulty walking. Mercy requires surgery to heal the fracture, to prevent an infection of the bone in her leg, and to avert other complications which might cause her to lose the use of her leg. Fortunately Mercy went to Nazareth Hospital, where a surgeon reviewed her case, and advised her to have surgery. However, Mercy and her children cannot raise the required fee for her medical care. Surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. On May 26th, Mercy will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation, at Nazareth Hospital. After treatment, Mercy will be able to walk and to work again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. Mercy said: “I use my legs and my strength to work and make ends meet. My leg is very important for me. I am pleading for assistance so that I may have surgery and be well again so that I can resume my work to support my family.”

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