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Vireakneat is a boy from Cambodia who needs $413 to fund repair surgery.

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July 14, 2019

Vireakneat is a four-year-old boy from Cambodia. He likes to play toys with his friends, watch television, and go for walks with his family.

He received a poorly administered injection in his upper leg, causing a flexion contracture of his left thigh. He is unable to full extend his leg and experiences difficulty walking.

When Vireakneat learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On July 15, surgeons at CSC will perform a quadricepsplasty procedure of his left leg to help him walk without difficulty. Now, Vireakneat needs help to fund this $413 procedure.

His mother says, “I hope that after surgery, I will no longer have to worry about my son and he will be able to walk and run normally.”

Vireakneat is a four-year-old boy from Cambodia. He likes to play toys with his friends, watch television, and go for walks with his family....

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Vireakneat's Timeline

  • July 14, 2019

    Vireakneat was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • July 15, 2019

    Vireakneat 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.

  • July 21, 2019

    Vireakneat's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 09, 2019

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


    Vireakneat is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $413 for Vireakneat's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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