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Success! Chhun from Cambodia raised $425 to fund surgery to help him walk.

Chhun
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  • $425 raised, $0 to go
$425
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Chhun's treatment was fully funded on December 8, 2016.

Photo of Chhun post-operation

January 20, 2017

Chhun underwent successful surgery.

Following his procedure, he had two weeks of physiotherapy before going home. Chhun is now able to walk easily, and he does not experience pain. If he has any problems, he can return to our medical partner for free treatment.

“I am happy with the results,” says Chhun. “Now I can walk normally.”

Following his procedure, he had two weeks of physiotherapy before going home. Chhun is now able to walk easily, and he does not experience p...

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October 21, 2016

Chhun is 17 years old and in the 11th grade. He has one sister and two brothers. Chhun likes to read school books, do homework, and watch TV.

When he was a baby, Chhun received poorly administered injections in his right hip. This cause his hip muscles to contract and stiffen. He experiences pain and has difficulty walking.

After learning about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), Chhun traveled for four hours with his father to reach CSC for treatment. On October 21, surgeons performed a quadricepsplasty in his hip. This treatment should allow him to walk normally. Now, he needs help to fund this $425 procedure.

Chhun says, “I hope that I can walk better.”

Chhun is 17 years old and in the 11th grade. He has one sister and two brothers. Chhun likes to read school books, do homework, and watch TV...

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Chhun's Timeline

  • October 21, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 21, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chhun 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 18, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chhun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 8, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chhun's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 20, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chhun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Quadriceplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $425 for Chhun's treatment
Hospital Fees
$194
Medical Staff
$231
Medication
$0
Supplies
$0
  • 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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