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Success! Thea from Cambodia raised $304 to fund clubfoot correction.

Thea
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  • $304 raised, $0 to go
$304
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Thea's treatment was fully funded on March 18, 2017.

Photo of Thea post-operation

March 31, 2017

Thea underwent clubfoot correction.

Thea’s clubfoot treatment for both feet went well. Surgeons at CSC performed an Achilles tenotomy procedure to release the Achilles tendon and then applied a cast to correct her feet to a normal position. Following the procedure, she was given pain medication, and she was instructed to keep her legs elevated to prevent swelling. Her wounds have healed nicely, and she does not experience pain.

Thea says, “I am happy to be able to go back to school again.”

Thea's clubfoot treatment for both feet went well. Surgeons at CSC performed an Achilles tenotomy procedure to release the Achilles tendon a...

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February 15, 2017

Thea is in the second grade at school. She has two sisters and two brothers. Thea likes to read school books and watch TV in her spare time.

Thea was born with congenital clubfoot. This is a medical condition in which the feet are twisted out of shape and position. She was treated once in a small, local hospital, but her symptoms did not improve. She has difficulty walking, and she is in pain.

Thea and her mother traveled for four hours to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), to seek treatment. On February 15, surgeons at CSC will perform a bilateral tendoachilles lengthening procedure to correct her clubfoot. The total surgical and hospital costs will come to $304.

Let’s support Thea by helping her to walk easily again!

Thea is in the second grade at school. She has two sisters and two brothers. Thea likes to read school books and watch TV in her spare time....

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Thea's Timeline

  • February 15, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Thea was submitted by Korng Hout, Accountant at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • February 15, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Thea 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.

  • February 16, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 18, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thea's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 31, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Thea's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $304 for Thea's treatment
Hospital Fees
$108
Medical Staff
$196
Medication
$0
Supplies
$0
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients with clubfoot experience difficulty walking, as the affected foot or feet are rotated internally at the ankle.

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

Patients with clubfoot walk on the side of their feet or ankles, making it difficult for them to walk, run, or use stairs. It can also be difficult to conduct daily activities, such as working or going to school. Patients may also experience decreased self-confidence due to the appearance of the condition.

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

Access to affordable or free surgery is limited in Cambodia, so the prevalence of children with clubfoot is higher than in developed countries.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

If a patient is too old to receive clubfoot correction through casts, braces, or other treatments, he or she will undergo surgery. The patient may undergo a soft tissue release surgery, a tendon transfer surgery, a triple arthrodesis, or an Ilizarov correction procedure.

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

The ankle is corrected and aligned so the patient can walk normally on the soles of his or her feet. This improves mobility and function.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Treatment for idiopathic newborn clubfeet has a high success rate. In contrast, syndromic newborn clubfeet have a high recurrence rate and may require further surgery later in life. For neglected clubfeet in older patients, surgery is needed and is usually effective.

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

Access to affordable or free surgery is limited in Cambodia. Patients travel from as many as 12 hours away to reach our medical partner for free surgery. They travel with family members.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Most of the clubfoot cases our medical partner sees are neglected cases. The patient may have never received treatment, may have received unsuccessful treatments, or may have a reoccurring condition. By the time the patient arrives at our medical partner, there are no alternatives.

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