Kimleang is an 11-year-old student. She looks up to her older sister who is 15 years old and is in 9th grade. She enjoys learning English at school and her favorite subject is Khmer literature. At home, after she has done her homework, she likes to watch TV, listen to music, and eat ice cream.
Eight years ago, when Kimleang was only three, she was in a motor vehicle accident and fractured her right tibia. Her parents took her to a Khmer traditional healer, where she received a bamboo splint and medication. Unfortunately, her leg became infected, so her parents took her to a local hospital for debridement and a cast. Although her infection resolved, her ankle and toe have become deformed over the past several years due to her previous fracture. It is difficult for her to walk, and she struggles to match the pace of her friends, who enjoy running and playing.
When Kimleang’s family learned about our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), they traveled over 4 hours seeking treatment. Surgeons at CSC have determined that she needs a tendon procedure on the upper surface of her foot, where extensor muscles are located. An external frame will be placed to stabilize the incision and assist in healing. Kimleang’s parents are able to contribute $100 to the cost of the procedure and need help with the full cost to fund the procedure that which is scheduled for August 11th. This will cover the surgery, hospitalization, medications, and rehabilitation. After surgery, Kimleang should be able to walk normally and no longer be in pain.
Kimleang shared, “After surgery I hope that my leg will be straight and I won’t have pain when walking.”