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Success! Rathanak from Cambodia raised $413 to fund a quadricepsplasty procedure on his leg.

Rathanak
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$413
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$0
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Fully funded
Rathanak's treatment was fully funded on September 10, 2020.

Photo of Rathanak post-operation

December 3, 2019

Rathanak to fund a quadricepsplasty procedure.

Rathanak’s surgery went well and he’s been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his leg. Surgery will allow Rathanak to greatly improve his quality of life. It will allow him to move and flex his legs again, and walk and grow up without any difficulty.

Rathanak said, “I am so happy that I can bend my legs again and I can walk without any difficulty.”

Rathanak's surgery went well and he's been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his leg. Surgery will...

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November 18, 2019

Rathanak is a ninth-grade student from Cambodia. He has two brothers, and enjoys playing football, reading books, and listening to music in his free time.

Seven years ago, Rathanak received a poorly administered injection in his left thigh. He is unable to bend his leg fully and often walks abnormally. His left leg is now shorter than his right leg, and because of this he also experiences back pain.

When Rathanak learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On November 19th, surgeons at CSC will perform a quadricepsplasty procedure of his left leg to help him walk again without any pain or difficulty. Now, Rathanak needs help to fund this $413 procedure.

“I hope that my son’s surgery goes well so he will no longer suffer from his condition and I won’t have to worry about him.” -Rathanak’s Mother

Rathanak is a ninth-grade student from Cambodia. He has two brothers, and enjoys playing football, reading books, and listening to music in ...

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Rathanak's Timeline

  • November 18, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 19, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rathanak 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.

  • November 26, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rathanak's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 03, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Rathanak's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 10, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Rathanak's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Quadriceplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $413 for Rathanak's treatment
Hospital Fees
$65
Medical Staff
$141
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
Labs
$3
Radiology
$164
  • 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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Cha

Cha is a 20-year-old young man from Burma. He lives with his father, older sister, brother-in-law, and three nieces in Hpapun Township of Karen State. Cha is a student and his oldest niece goes to school while the other two are still too young to attend. His father and brother-in-law are subsistence farmers while his sister is a homemaker. In his spare time, Cha loves to play cane ball and football with his friends. He also likes to help his family with farming during school holidays. Cha goes to the nearest high school to his village, located four to five hours away by motorbike in the village of Day Bu Noh. During the school year he lives in a dormitory and he does not have to pay for school and dormitory fees. On May 6th, Cha was getting ready to move back home for the summer holidays. He borrowed his friend’s motorbike and started the trip back to his village. Not long after he left Day Bu Noh Village, his motorcycle slipped on the uneven dirt road and he fell from the motorcycle. The next thing Cha remembered was waking up at a clinic in Day Bu Noh Village with his friend beside him. When he asked his friend what had happened, his friend told him that some of the villagers had found him unconscious on the side of the road and brought him to the clinic. The medic at the clinic examined Cha and told him that his lower jaw was fractured but they could not treat him at the clinic. The medic gave him injections and oral medications to help control the pain. Cha’s friend, who works for the district’s office in the Day Bu Noh village, told his superiors about Cha’s situation and that Cha did not know how he could receive treatment at another clinic in Mae Sot, Thailand where another friend works. However, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Thailand had shut its borders to neighboring countries. His friend’s superiors were able to arrange for Cha to be brought to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), accompanied by Cha’s friend. Cha was discharged from the clinic in Day Bu Noh Village on May 15th and started to make their way to MTC. After they crossed over into Thailand on a boat, Chan and his friend arrived at MTC on May 16th. At the clinic, the medic examined Cha before telling him that he will have to go to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for an x-ray. He also received some oral pain medication from the medic and, on May 20th, Cha received an x-ray at MSH. The x-ray showed that Cha had fractured his lower jaw in two locations, the left side and in the middle, as well as that the fracture was now infected. He was told that he will need to receive injections to treat the infection and that he will need surgery to help his jaw heal properly. Currently, Cha’s jaw is swollen and painful. He cannot eat solid food and is only able to eat boiled rice and drink liquid food. One of his teeth hurts and he cannot open his mouth wide. He is not able to speak properly, and his lower jaw is extremely painful, especially on the left side. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Cha will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for May 29th and will cost $1,500. The surgery will help Cha to be free from the pain and he will be able to talk properly again. “I feel sad that I cannot help my family during this summer holiday,” Cha said. In the future, Cha said that he plans to continue his studies next year at Mu Traw Junior College in Day Bu Noh Village. He is also interested in working with his friend at the district office in the branch that looks after the environment, forest, and wild animals.

81% funded

81%funded
$1,227raised
$273to go

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