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Success! Sona from Cambodia raised $417 to fund leg surgery.

Sona
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  • $417 raised, $0 to go
$417
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sona's treatment was fully funded on February 1, 2018.

Photo of Sona post-operation

November 27, 2017

Sona underwent leg surgery.

Sona and her mom are working with the physiotherapy team, helping Sona learn exercises to improve function in her leg. She is recovering quickly from surgery, and looks forward to getting back home to see the rest of her family.

Her mother says, “Thanks for helping my daughter.”

Sona and her mom are working with the physiotherapy team, helping Sona learn exercises to improve function in her leg. She is recovering qui...

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November 20, 2017

Sona is a five-year-old girl from Cambodia. She has one older brother and loves to watch cartoons.

As a toddler, Sona developed a high fever. A doctor in her village gave her multiple injections in her thigh in order to help treat her illness. The muscle around the injection site on her left leg became stiff. Ever since then, Sona has had trouble walking and bending her leg. Surgery has been recommended to release the muscle contraction in Sona’s leg.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $417 to fund Sona’s treatment. Her operation is scheduled for November 21 at our medical partner’s care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. This surgery will increase her mobility and help her to play with other children.

“I hope my daughter can use her leg,” Sona’s mother says.

Sona is a five-year-old girl from Cambodia. She has one older brother and loves to watch cartoons. As a toddler, Sona developed a high fe...

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Sona's Timeline

  • November 20, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sona was submitted by Christine Jacobson, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • November 21, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sona 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.

  • November 22, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sona's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 27, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sona's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 01, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sona's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

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Funded by 3 donors

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Treatment
Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $417 for Sona's treatment
Hospital Fees
$65
Medical Staff
$304
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • 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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