Heng is a bright 6-year-old boy. He has three siblings - one brother and two sisters - and two of his siblings are married and live elsewhere in the village. His mother is a homemaker, and his father is a rice farmer. Heng attends kindergarten, which runs for half of the day, and enjoys playing with his toy trucks at home. His favorite meal is fried eggs and milk.
Four years ago (when he was two years old), Heng developed a fever, received an injection at a local clinic, and soon after, developed muscle contractures that limited his ability to flex or straighten his right leg. He has no pain but is unable to fully straighten his knee, and he cannot walk well, something other children tease him about. When Heng’s family learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), they traveled for four hours seeking treatment.
On October 24th, surgeons at CSC will perform a quadricepsplasty procedure on Heng’s right leg in order to improve the range of knee flexion and help him walk. CSC is requesting $482 to fund this procedure. Heng’s family contributed $100 to his care.
His mother said: “We hope Heng can walk better after he has his operation.”