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Success! Sothina from Cambodia raised $454 to fund contracture release surgery.

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Sothina's treatment was fully funded on October 4, 2021.

Photo of Sothina post-operation

October 8, 2021

Sothina underwent contracture release surgery.

Sothina was a brave girl during surgery and surgeons were able to complete a successful procedure. Sothina is healing well, and her family is so pleased with the outcome. As her healing progresses, she will work with her care team to continue to fully recover. She is excited to soon be able to play with her sister.

Sothina’s mother said: “We are relieved that Sothina can have a normal hand again. She will have no pain and will soon go to school with her sister. Thank you to all who donated to fix her hand.”

Sothina was a brave girl during surgery and surgeons were able to complete a successful procedure. Sothina is healing well, and her family i...

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August 27, 2021

Sothina is a four-year-old girl who lives with her family in Cambodia. Her father is a construction worker and her mother is a garment factory worker. She has one older sister who just started grade school. Sothina has not started school yet, but shared that she already thinks she wants to be a lawyer when she grows up! She loves to play with toys with her sister, watch TV, and eat fried noodles.

Two months ago, Sothina injured her finger on a household fan. Her family took her to a clinic to receive treatment. Even though the wound has healed, Sothina now has a contracture that has left her unable to extend her fingers.

Her family traveled to visit our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), with her parents. On August 27th, doctors there will perform a skin graft and contracture release surgery to allow Sothina to regain full use of her hand. Now, they need help raising $454 to cover the cost of her procedure and care.

Sothina’s father shared, “I am hopeful that she will recover quickly and will use her hand well when she enters school.”

Sothina is a four-year-old girl who lives with her family in Cambodia. Her father is a construction worker and her mother is a garment facto...

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Sothina's Timeline

  • August 27, 2021

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

  • August 27, 2021

    Sothina 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.

  • August 30, 2021

    Sothina's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 4, 2021

    Sothina's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 8, 2021

    Sothina's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $454 for Sothina'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?

Contractures are permanently shortened muscles or joints that occur most commonly in the elbow, ankle, knee, hip, and shoulder. As the muscle is unable to stretch, the affected area has considerably limited movement. Other symptoms include pain and inflammation.

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

The inability to move the affected area impacts mobility and can reduce the patient’s ability to perform daily tasks independently.

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

Trauma is a major cause of contractures, and road traffic accidents—particularly with motorcycles—are pervasive in Cambodia. In addition, the longer that the contracture goes without treatment, the less chance there is of motion recovery; the lack of many surgical centers in Cambodia means that patients do not often present early for treatment.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Contracture release surgery aims to remove or cut the thickened scar tissue (fascia) and procedures vary depending on the joint affected. There are three main ways of treating a contracture: open fasciotomy, which cuts the fascia by cutting open the overlying skin; needle fasciotomy, which cuts through the fascia using a needle and without opening the skin; and open fasciectomy, which removes the fascia.

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

Surgical treatment of contracture restores movement to the affected area, allowing patients increased function and reduced pain.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

The surgery carries a small risk of infection and of damage to nearby tendons, blood vessels, and nerves. Postoperative complications include loss of flexion and hematoma.

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

While some treatment for contractures can be available locally, certain contractures need surgery to restore motion. Affordable surgical care is not very accessible, and so patients travel as much as twelve hours to reach Children's Surgical Centre for free surgery, arriving by bus, motorbike, or taxi.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Physical therapy, splinting, and other exercises may be able to increase movement if the contracture is only in the muscles; joint contractures and contractures that do not respond to other treatments may require a surgery to restore function of the affected area.

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Swe lives with her parents and her son in a village in northern Burma. Her father is subsistence farmer, her mother owns a small weaving business where traditional Burmese blankets and sarongs are hand woven. Her son goes to school and Swe is a homemaker. In her free time, she enjoys visiting and talking to her friends in their village. In December 2021, Swe began to experience fatigue, sweatiness, vomiting and difficulty breathing. She also had a headache and a stiff neck. At first she could not travel due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, but eventually went to Mandalay in August to seek help. At a hospital, she received an echocardiogram and was diagnosed with mitral valve stenosis and aortic valve regurgitation. She was told she would need surgery costing 15 million kyat (approx. $15,000 USD), but she could not afford to pay for it. She then went to Yangon with her son, in the hopes of finding another hospital that cost operate on her for less money. While in Yangon, her condition deteriorated and her son rushed her to a hospital. The doctor there confirmed her diagnosis and her need for surgery, but told her it would cost 20 million kyat (approx. $20,000 USD). When Swe told the doctor that she could not afford to pay such a large sum, the doctor referred her to an abbot, who in turn referred her to our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) for financial assistance accessing treatment. Currently, Swe cannot walk for more than 10 minutes or she feels very tired and short of breathe. She has a rapid heartbeat, dizziness and headache. She said, "I want to say thank you so much to BCMF and all the donors to help me with my treatment cost.”

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