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Success! Sinuon from Cambodia raised $454 to fund a contracture release surgery on her neck.

Sinuon
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  • $454 raised, $0 to go
$454
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Sinuon's treatment was fully funded on February 14, 2021.

Photo of Sinuon post-operation

February 22, 2021

Sinuon underwent a contracture release surgery on her neck.

Sinuon had a successful contracture release surgery on her neck. After a period of post-operative recovery and some mild medication for pain, Sinuon is able to move her neck better, and she already experiences less tension when she moves. Now that her surgery is complete, Sinuon looks forward to returning to school. After her surgery, Sinuon’s mother said, “I’m so happy to see my daughter have a normal neck. Thank you for all the donations.”

Sinuon had a successful contracture release surgery on her neck. After a period of post-operative recovery and some mild medication for pain...

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February 1, 2021

Sinuon is a bright 9-year-old girl. She has one younger brother, who is 6 years old and in grade one. Her mother works as a factory worker, while her father is a construction worker. In Sinuon’s free time, she likes to read books, do homework from school, play with toys with her brother, watch TV and go outside with her parents.

Sinuon has a condition called congenital torticollis, where she was born with a strained neck position due to a tight, short neck muscle. Doctors are not sure why children are born with this condition, but it is not an uncommon one. Sinuon’s family was referred to Children’s Surgical Centre by other non-governmental hospital staff who recognized that she needed specialty care. Currently, Sinuon is unable to move her neck significantly, and the appearance of her neck makes her feel more self-conscious.

Fortunately, Sinuon is scheduled to undergo a contracture release surgery on her neck on February 2nd. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $454 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will be able to move her neck more freely and feel more comfortable with her appearance.

Sinuon shared, “I hope that I will feel better and have more easy movement of my neck after surgery.”

Sinuon is a bright 9-year-old girl. She has one younger brother, who is 6 years old and in grade one. Her mother works as a factory worker, ...

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Sinuon's Timeline

  • February 1, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 2, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sinuon 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.

  • February 3, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sinuon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 14, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sinuon's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 22, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sinuon's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $454 for Sinuon's treatment
Hospital Fees
$66
Medical Staff
$340
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • 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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