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Success! Sok Panha from Cambodia raised $417 to fund repair surgery.

Sok Panha
  • $417 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Sok Panha's treatment was fully funded on August 6, 2019.

Photo of Sok Panha post-operation

May 7, 2019

Sok Panha underwent repair surgery.

Sok Panha’s surgery went well and he’s been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his hand. Surgery will allow him to greatly improve his quality of life and allow him to return to his normal activities with increased function of his fingers.

Sok Panha's surgery went well and he's been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his hand. Surgery wi...

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April 22, 2019

Sok Panha is a boy from Cambodia. When he was one year old, Sok Panha suffered from a burn on his left index finger. This has caused his finger to heal improperly and has resulted in the inability to extend his finger.

Sok Panha was taken to the Kunthabopha Children’s Hospital in Phnom Penh for an operation when he was two years old, but the outcome was unsuccessful. At the age of seven, Sok Panha will now undergo contracture release surgery to release the affected skin on his finger, which will allow him to move his finger freely without restraint. Surgery is scheduled for April 23 and will cost $417.

Sok Panha currently studies in first grade, and hopes to become a police officer when he gets older.

Sok Panha is a boy from Cambodia. When he was one year old, Sok Panha suffered from a burn on his left index finger. This has caused his fin...

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Sok Panha's Timeline

  • April 22, 2019

    Sok Panha was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • April 23, 2019

    Sok Panha 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.

  • April 26, 2019

    Sok Panha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 07, 2019

    Sok Panha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 06, 2019

    Sok Panha's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $417 for Sok Panha'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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