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Koemhong is a second grader from Cambodia who needs $430 to fund knee surgery so he can walk and play.

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September 22, 2020

Koemhong is 8 years old and in the second grade. He is the only child of his parents, who are both farmers in Cambodia.

When Koemhong was three, he received a poorly administered injection in his right thigh which has caused a severe contraction of his quadricep muscle. He is unable to fully straighten his knee which now makes it hard for him to walk.

When Koemhong’s family learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, they traveled for five hours seeking treatment. On September 22nd, surgeons at CSC will perform a quadricepsplasty procedure of right knee to help him walk again. Now, Koemhong needs help to fund this $430 procedure.

Koemhong’s parents said, “After surgery we hope our son will be able to walk easily with no pain.”

Koemhong is 8 years old and in the second grade. He is the only child of his parents, who are both farmers in Cambodia. When Koemhong was...

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Koemhong's Timeline

  • September 22, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Koemhong was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • September 22, 2020
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Koemhong was scheduled to receive 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.

  • September 23, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Koemhong's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Koemhong is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Koemhong's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Quadriceplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $430 for Koemhong's treatment
Hospital Fees
$66
Medical Staff
$158
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
Labs
$3
Radiology
$163
  • 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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