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Success! Hun from Cambodia raised $482 to fund leg surgery so he can walk without pain or difficulty.

Hun
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  • $482 raised, $0 to go
$482
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Hun's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2022.

Photo of Hun post-operation

January 11, 2023

Hun underwent successful leg surgery so he can walk without pain or difficulty.

It was financially difficult for Hun’s mother to get adequate medical care for her son. She had concerns that Hun would be seen as having less value in their village due to how he walked. She was happy that Hun was referred to Children’s Surgical Centre, where he underwent surgery to correct his condition. He spent several days in the hospital and worked with the physiotherapy team to learn rehabilitative exercises once his incision heals.

His future looks bright because he does well in school, and his family is supportive of his desire to succeed.

Hun’s mother said, “I am hopeful that Hun will have a good life, and be able to keep up with other children in school when he is healed. I am very grateful to the surgeons and staff who have taken good care of him and to everyone around the world who helped to pay for his surgery.”

It was financially difficult for Hun's mother to get adequate medical care for her son. She had concerns that Hun would be seen as having le...

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August 3, 2022

Hun is a bright and motivated ten-year-old boy from Cambodia who is in third grade. He enjoys reading and doing math. When he is older, he would like to pursue the field of Information Technology. He and his brother live with their mother and grandparents, who are all rice farmers. His father unfortunately passed away several years ago due to lung cancer. To support her children, his mother works in a nail salon during the off-season.

When Hun was a toddler, he had the flu and received several injections in his thigh. These injections prevented his leg from properly forming and caused hyperextension in his knee. His mother sought medical treatment at a children’s hospital, but she could not fund his needed treatment due to financial constraints.

Fortunately, Hun’s mother learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), and traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On August 3rd, surgeons at CSC will perform a quadricepsplasty procedure of his left quadriceps and an osteotomy of his femur. The goal of these procedures is to correct his condition and allow him to develop and walk without difficulty. Now, Hun’s family needs help funding this $482 procedure.

His mother says, “I hope the surgery will fix Hun’s leg so he can grow up like other children and be strong.”

Hun is a bright and motivated ten-year-old boy from Cambodia who is in third grade. He enjoys reading and doing math. When he is older, he w...

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Hun's Timeline

  • August 3, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Hun was submitted by Ellen Interlandi, Volunteer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • August 3, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Hun 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.

  • August 4, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Hun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 31, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Hun's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 11, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Hun'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 $482 for Hun's treatment
Hospital Fees
$70
Medical Staff
$361
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?

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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