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Success! Sok Chan from Cambodia raised $365 to fund corrective surgery.

Sok Chan
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  • $365 raised, $0 to go
$365
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sok Chan's treatment was fully funded on December 27, 2017.

Photo of Sok Chan post-operation

September 18, 2017

Sok Chan underwent corrective surgery.

Sok Chan’s surgery will improve the function in her hand and reduce pain. Sok Chan wants her hand to heal quickly so she can go back to school!

Sok Chan's surgery will improve the function in her hand and reduce pain. Sok Chan wants her hand to heal quickly so she can go back to scho...

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September 4, 2017

Sok Chan is a second grader from Cambodia. She loves cartoons.

Sok Chan was born with syndactyly of both hands. This means that three fingers on each hand are fused together. This condition makes it difficult to hold things, write, and have good hand function.

Fortunately, on September 4, surgeons will perform a syndactyly repair procedure to separate and release the fused digits. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $365 to fund this procedure. After surgery, Sok Chan’s mom wants her to go back to school and feel good playing with the other children.

Her mother says, “I want my daughter to do well in school.”

Sok Chan is a second grader from Cambodia. She loves cartoons. Sok Chan was born with syndactyly of both hands. This means that three fin...

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Sok Chan's Timeline

  • September 4, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 04, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sok Chan 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.

  • September 18, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sok Chan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 18, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sok Chan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 27, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sok Chan's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Syndactyly Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $365 for Sok Chan's treatment
Hospital Fees
$44
Medical Staff
$273
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?

Patients have webbed fingers or toes, or several of their digits are completely fused together.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients often have difficulty grasping objects and using their hands or feet. In addition, many patients feel uncomfortable about the appearance of the condition.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

This condition may be caused by increased exposure to chemicals. According to local doctors, the proportion of babies born with disabilities and congenital deformities in eastern Cambodia (bordering Vietnam) is more than 50 times higher than in other parts of the country. Though the reason for the higher rate has not officially been confirmed, it is generally thought to result from the use of Agent Orange, a dioxin-containing defoliant, by U.S. forces during the Vietnam War.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

A z-plasty surgery is performed to separate the skin between the digits. Because the circumference of the conjoined fingers is smaller than the circumference of the separated fingers, new skin is brought into the area by a skin graft.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Patients will experience improved mobility and function, reduced pain, and increased self-esteem and confidence.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

The treatment usually results in a good outcome. If a patient’s condition is particularly difficult, surgeries are scheduled during visits by hand specialists from Singapore and Hong Kong. In addition, our medical partner belongs to a hand and upper limb-specific telemedicine group. A network of specialists from around the world can offer opinions about difficult cases.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

The healthcare system in Cambodia is underdeveloped. Cambodians rely on government hospitals, which are often ill-equipped and lack capacity and expertise for standard surgical care.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There is no alternative.

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