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Nath is a seven-year-old from Cambodia who needs $482 to fund life-changing knee surgery so he can walk without pain or discomfort.

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August 3, 2022

Nath is a seven-year-old boy from Cambodia. He is the youngest child in his family and has an older brother and older sister. To support their family, his parents both work as rice farmers. Due to being diagnosed with Down syndrome, Nath does not attend school. One of his favorite ways to spend time is playing with toys.

When Nath was a newborn, he had several injections of medication in his thigh. These injections left him with a stiff right knee and contracture of his quadriceps muscle, which led to a dislocated knee. He now experiences difficulty walking and often cries due to pain.

When Nath’s family learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), they traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On August 3rd, surgeons at CSC will perform a quadricepsplasty procedure of his right leg. The goal of this surgery is to improve knee flexion, making it easier for him to walk and decreasing his pain. Now, Nath’s family need help funding this life-changing $482 procedure.

His mother says, “I hope after this surgery my son will be able to walk normally and not be in pain.”

Nath is a seven-year-old boy from Cambodia. He is the youngest child in his family and has an older brother and older sister. To support the...

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Nath's Timeline

  • August 3, 2022

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

  • August 3, 2022

    Nath was scheduled to receive 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 3, 2022

    Nath's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Nath is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD

    Awaiting Nath's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $482 for Nath'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?

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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