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Success! Reaksa from Cambodia raised $425 to fund knee surgery.

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Reaksa's treatment was fully funded on July 31, 2017.

Photo of Reaksa post-operation

April 12, 2017

Reaksa underwent knee surgery.

Reaksa’s treatment for her right leg went well. Following the procedure, she was given pain medication, and she had two weeks of physiotherapy at CSC before going back home. Reaksa is now able to walk more easily than before, and she does not experience any pain.

Reaksa’s mother says, “I am happy to see my daughter walk better and without pain. Thanks to all of the staff and all of the doctors for helping my daughter.”

Reaksa's treatment for her right leg went well. Following the procedure, she was given pain medication, and she had two weeks of physiothera...

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February 21, 2017

Reaksa is six years old. She has two sisters and two brothers. In her spare time, she likes to stay at home and play cooking games.

About a year ago, Reaksa developed fibrosis in the quadriceps muscle of her right leg. The scarring and thickening of the connective tissue surrounding her quadriceps muscle makes it difficult for Reaksa to walk, and she is in pain.

With her mother, Reaksa traveled for four hours to reach our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment.

On February 22, surgeons at CSC will perform a quadriceplasty procedure to release the fibrous adhesions and improve mobility. The $425 surgery will help Reaksa walk easily again.

Reaksa is six years old. She has two sisters and two brothers. In her spare time, she likes to stay at home and play cooking games. Abou...

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Reaksa's Timeline

  • February 21, 2017

    Reaksa was submitted by Korng Hout, Accountant at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • February 22, 2017

    Reaksa 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 23, 2017

    Reaksa's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 12, 2017

    Reaksa's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 31, 2017

    Reaksa's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 21 donors

Funded by 21 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $425 for Reaksa'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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