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Success! Channey from Cambodia raised $425 to walk easily again.

Channey
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  • $425 raised, $0 to go
$425
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Channey's treatment was fully funded on November 13, 2016.

Photo of Channey post-operation

November 17, 2016

Channey successfully received surgery to walk normally again.

Channey’s treatment went well! After her surgery, she had two weeks of physiotherapy before going back home with her mother. Today, her wound has healed and she feels no pain. She can walk much more easily and can now return to school.

“I am happy. Now I can walk normally and without pain,” shares Channey. “Thank you for helping me.”

Channey's treatment went well! After her surgery, she had two weeks of physiotherapy before going back home with her mother. Today, her woun...

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October 12, 2016

Channey is a bright 7-year-old girl from Cambodia in the 2nd grade. She has two brothers and one sister. Channey likes to stay at home, watch TV, and read her school books. Channey’s family knew about CSC because Channey’s aunt was treated here before. She traveled for three hours with her mother to reach CSC for treatment.

Channey has a contracture in her right hip. This makes it difficult for her to walk and she is in pain. She was treated at a private clinic in her province, but it did not relieve her of her symptoms.

For $425, surgeons at CSC will perform a quadricepsplasty to release the contracted muscle and allow Channey to walk easily.

Channey is a bright 7-year-old girl from Cambodia in the 2nd grade. She has two brothers and one sister. Channey likes to stay at home, watc...

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Channey's Timeline

  • October 12, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Channey was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • October 12, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Channey 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.

  • October 14, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Channey's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 13, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Channey's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 17, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Channey's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Quadriceplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $425 for Channey's treatment
Hospital Fees
$194
Medical Staff
$231
Medication
$0
Supplies
$0
  • 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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