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Success! Sonfong from Cambodia raised $417 to fund corrective surgery.

  • $417 raised, $0 to go
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Sonfong's treatment was fully funded on October 20, 2018.

Photo of Sonfong post-operation

August 10, 2018

Sonfong underwent corrective surgery.

Sonfong’s surgery went well and she’s been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in her hand. Surgery will allow Sonfong to greatly improve her quality of life and allow her to work without pain.

Her mother says, “I am very happy after the operation. I can continue to complete daily work.”

Sonfong's surgery went well and she's been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in her hand. Surgery wil...

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August 1, 2018

Sonfong is a young woman from Cambodia. She has one brother and three sisters. She enjoys spending time with friends.

Sonfong was born with a congenital deformity of her hand. The contractures on her four fingers make it difficult for her to carry things and bend her fingers. She needs to undergo a contracture release surgery to improve her mobility in her hand.

Sonfong is scheduled for corrective surgery at our medical partner’s care center on August 1. Now, she needs help raising $417 to fund this procedure.

She says, “I hope after the operation, my hand is better and I can move my fingers freely.”

Sonfong is a young woman from Cambodia. She has one brother and three sisters. She enjoys spending time with friends. Sonfong was born w...

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Sonfong's Timeline

  • August 1, 2018

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

  • August 1, 2018

    Sonfong 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.

  • August 2, 2018

    Sonfong's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 10, 2018

    Sonfong's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 20, 2018

    Sonfong's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $417 for Sonfong'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?

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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