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Success! Anam from Cambodia raised $430 to fund mobility-restoring knee surgery.

Anam
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  • $430 raised, $0 to go
$430
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Anam's treatment was fully funded on April 6, 2021.

Photo of Anam post-operation

April 2, 2021

Anam underwent mobility-restoring knee surgery.

Anam’s surgery was a success, and now she is working with the physiotherapy team to increase her flexion and regain muscle strength. She is no longer in pain, and is happy to return to school again and play with her friends.

Anam’s mother shared, “I appreciate seeing my daughter bend her knee again. Thanks to all the donors for their help.”

Anam's surgery was a success, and now she is working with the physiotherapy team to increase her flexion and regain muscle strength. She is ...

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February 16, 2021

Anam is a 9-year-old from Cambodia. She is in the fourth grade and shared that her favorite subject in school is math. She enjoys eating fried meat and drinking fresh milk. Her mother is a farmer, and her father works in Thailand to earn a living for their family.

Five years ago, she received multiple injections at a medical clinic for unknown reasons. Since then she has had problems and infections on her right thigh. Her knee is stiff, and she is unable to fully straighten her leg. She cannot walk well, or run like her friends.

When Anam’s family learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, they traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On February 17th, surgeons at CSC will perform a quadricepsplasty procedure of right thigh and knee to help her walk again. Now, Anam’s family needs help to fund this $430 procedure.

She is hopeful to have full function of her leg and keep up with her friends when they play in the future!

Anam is a 9-year-old from Cambodia. She is in the fourth grade and shared that her favorite subject in school is math. She enjoys eating fri...

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Anam's Timeline

  • February 16, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Anam was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • February 17, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Anam 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.

  • February 18, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Anam's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 2, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Anam's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 6, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Anam's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Quadriceplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $430 for Anam'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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