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Success! Panha from Cambodia raised $430 to fund a foot joint contracture to help him walk.

Panha
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  • $430 raised, $0 to go
$430
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Panha's treatment was fully funded on September 15, 2021.

Photo of Panha post-operation

August 8, 2021

Panha underwent surgery to help him walk.

Panha will be able to return to school soon and have a full life. He’s excited to be able to walk with his mother and friends easily again.

His mother said: “I am so relieved my son will be able to walk again and play with his friends. He will be able to grow up without being ashamed of his legs. Thank you to the strangers who helped my son have a future.”

Panha will be able to return to school soon and have a full life. He's excited to be able to walk with his mother and friends easily again. ...

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July 7, 2021

Panha is a 7-year-old student from Cambodia. He lives in Kampongcham Province with his parents and is an only child. His father is a driver and his mother sells soft drinks and vegetables out of their home. Panha is learning writing in school, and loves listening to stories. Outside of school, he likes to play with his large group of friends, or walk with his mother.

Three years ago, Panha received poorly administered injections, causing a flexion contracture in both knees. He is unable to fully straighten his knee, which limits his mobility greatly.

When Panha’s family learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, they traveled there seeking treatment. On July 7th, surgeons at Children’s Surgical Centre will perform a quadricepsplasty procedure on his left leg to improve his knee flexion and help him walk again. Now, Panha’s family needs help to fund this $430 procedure.

Panha shared, “I want to walk with my mother and my friends easily again.”

Panha is a 7-year-old student from Cambodia. He lives in Kampongcham Province with his parents and is an only child. His father is a driver ...

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Panha's Timeline

  • July 7, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 7, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Panha 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.

  • July 12, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Panha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Panha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 15, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Panha's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

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