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Success! Sophea from Cambodia raised $487 to fund surgery so she can regain use of her hand.

Sophea
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Sophea's treatment was fully funded on October 21, 2022.

Photo of Sophea post-operation

December 1, 2022

Sophea underwent surgery so she can regain use of her hand.

Sophea had successful surgery to release the contracture, repair her finger joint, and perform a skin graft. She spent several days at the hospital to make sure the graft was successful and took a course of antibiotics to decrease the chance of rejection by infection. She worked with the physiotherapy team for exercises; these will support Sophea to strengthen her grip. When she has healed, she will be able to hold objects and work at her local market again to financially support her family.

Sophea’s husband said: “It was a difficult time for my wife after her accident. We are hopeful that she is fully recovered and can return to work and care for our family. We want to thank the strangers who helped to pay for all her care; our children are grateful their mother will be healthy again.”

Sophea had successful surgery to release the contracture, repair her finger joint, and perform a skin graft. She spent several days at the ...

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September 18, 2022

Sophea is married to a security guard, and they have two active sons who are six and four years old. Sophea sells vegetables at a local market to help support her family. She enjoys cooking, reading books, and taking care of her children.

In October 2021, she was in a traffic accident that resulted in several fractures and road burns. Her fractures have since healed, but she developed a burn contracture and a joint dislocation, impeding her ability to use two of her fingers. Now she is unable to carry things, and it is painful whenever she tries to straighten her fingers.

Fortunately, our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. Surgeons plan to release the contracture and repair the dislocation, and apply a skin graft to her fingers. This will improve the mobility and stability of the fingers on her hand so she can get back to doing all she needs to each day.

Sophea needs help to pay the cost of the $487 surgery, which will include hospitalization, medications, and post-operative rehabilitation.

Sophea shared, “I hope my fingers will be able to function after my operation. I will be able to use my hand, and not have pain. This will help me to care for my family and work hard.”

Sophea is married to a security guard, and they have two active sons who are six and four years old. Sophea sells vegetables at a local mark...

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Sophea's Timeline

  • September 18, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 19, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sophea 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.

  • September 19, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sophea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 21, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sophea's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 1, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sophea's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $487 for Sophea's treatment
Hospital Fees
$70
Medical Staff
$366
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Mary

Mary is an eight-year-old girl. She is a talkative and playful young girl. She is the last born in a family of seven children and the family is not well off financially. Both of her parents do casual jobs like ploughing people's farms for a living and such jobs are not easy to find where they live. Sometimes the church members chip in to help them where they can. When Mary was one year old, she was involved in an accident where she sustained burns to her head, some parts of her face and neck. She was rushed to the hospital and was admitted for better care. While in the hospital, a surgery was done on her head where she had sustained more burns. She was then discharged and booked for wound dressing clinics. The wounds were healing well as per the doctors’ plan. Her parents managed to take her for the clinics for a few months but later stopped because of finances. While at home, the wound got infected but due to lack of funds, she was not taken to hospital at that time. Time went by and the infection spread to most parts of the head. When she was three years old, the family met up with a local pastor who started helping them. He started financing Mary’s hospital visits with the help of some church members where he ministered. The wound was dressed again but the recovery process was very slow. In mid this year, the pastor brought them to Kijabe Hospital, she was examined, and the wound was dressed properly. Since then, the wound has been healing as expected. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Mary receive treatment. On December 9th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to help the remaining wound to heal properly. Now, Mary's family needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Mary’s father says, "Since the accident, we have been struggling a lot to make her get the required treatment but have failed to some extent. Coming to Kijabe, our hopes have been boosted greatly with the improvement she has experienced, and we hope that she will go through with the surgery and be well again.”

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