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Success! Sak from Cambodia raised $487 to fund contracture release surgery so he can regain use of his foot.

Sak
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$487
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Sak's treatment was fully funded on January 5, 2023.
November 17, 2022

Sak is a 14-year-old boy from Cambodia. His father is a teacher, and his mother sells clothes at the market. He has one younger sister who is eight years old and in the third grade.

Since birth, Sak’s left toes have been contracted making it difficult for him to walk without pain. He likes to play football but has trouble because of the contractures on his foot.

Fortunately, our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), can help. On November 17th, surgeons at CSC will perform a flexion tenotomy of the left foot and osteotomy of the fifth metatarsus to release the contractures. After surgery, Sak will be able to walk without pain. Now, he and his family need help raising $487 to fund his procedure and care.

Sak shared, “I hope my foot heals and I can wear shoes and walk easily after surgery. I want to play football with my friends without pain.”

Sak is a 14-year-old boy from Cambodia. His father is a teacher, and his mother sells clothes at the market. He has one younger sister who i...

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Sak's Timeline

  • November 17, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 17, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Sak 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.

  • November 18, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sak's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 5, 2023
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sak's treatment was fully funded.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

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Treatment
Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $487 for Sak'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.

Lilian

Lilian is a 25-year-old woman who works as a helper for another family. A mother of two young children, she is raising them alone, since she and her husband are separated. She says that despite struggling to sustain them, she loves them a lot. Six years ago, Lilian began to experience troubling symptoms, including a swollen neck, snoring, difficulty breathing especially at night and feeling the weight of a growth in her neck. She has also been experiencing low self-esteem due to the neck swelling. She was diagnosed with large Right Multinodular Goiter, and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Lillian could not go to the hospital for lack of money until one of her neighbours who had been supported through the Watsi program brought her to Nazareth Hospital for possible support. She was advised to have an ultrasound scan and thyroid function tests. For three months, she did not return to Nazareth, until last week when she had finally managed to raise money for the tests. Now our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Lilian receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on October 24th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $657, and she and her family need help raising money. Lilian is very optimistic and says, “Now I have the results and I am very hopeful that the sponsors will answer to my plea, so that I can regain my normal life, self-esteem and take care of my small children.”

25% funded

25%funded
$165raised
$492to go