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Success! Taing from Cambodia raised $657 to fund a lymphoma removal.

Taing
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  • $657 raised, $0 to go
$657
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Taing's treatment was fully funded on June 3, 2020.

Photo of Taing post-operation

March 30, 2020

Taing underwent a lymphoma removal on his ankle.

Taing had the lymphoma on his foot and ankle successfully removed. The swelling in his leg has already decreased and the infection has gone away. He will soon be able to wear shoes and walk comfortably again, and is looking forward to a more normal life ahead.

He says, “I am very happy and grateful for your help. I look forward to walking again.”

Taing had the lymphoma on his foot and ankle successfully removed. The swelling in his leg has already decreased and the infection has gone ...

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March 17, 2020

Taing is a 15-year-old student from Cambodia. He has two brothers, four sisters, and he enjoys reading and listening to music.

Since Taing was born, he has had swelling of his right foot and ankle. His leg has gradually been increasing over time, and it is difficult for him to walk or wear shoes.

When Taing learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for seven hours seeking treatment. On March 17th, surgeons at CSC will perform a tumor excision and flap procedure so that he will be able to walk without difficulty, and will no longer feel any pain or discomfort. Taing will be able to be fitted normally with shoes again. Now, he needs help to fund this $657 procedure.

“I hope that my son recovers well from his surgery because he is very unhappy and I worry about him a lot.” -Taing’s Mother

Taing is a 15-year-old student from Cambodia. He has two brothers, four sisters, and he enjoys reading and listening to music. Since Tain...

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Taing's Timeline

  • March 17, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Taing was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • March 17, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Taing received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • March 17, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Taing's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 30, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Taing's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 03, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Taing's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Treatment
Excision and Flap Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $657 for Taing's treatment
Hospital Fees
$118
Medical Staff
$491
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Flap surgery is used for large or complex wound repair. The wound may be too large to be closed directly or may not be amenable to grafting due to poor vascularization. A flap may also be favorable to grafting due to function or aesthetics. Such a wound can be caused by trauma, cancer, or burns, which may bring about disfigurement, pain, and exposure to infection.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Large wounds are disfiguring, and patients may face stigmatization and social rejection. Wounds will be prone to recurrent infections, which may cause further damage to the underlying tissue. Depending on the site of the wound, there may be functional loss and the patient may lose the ability to perform tasks independently.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

For many Cambodians, the primary mode of transport is the motorcycle. Coupled with unregulated traffic and dangerous driving practices, motorcycle accidents are very common. Soft tissue injuries arising from these accidents are often large and complex, with flap surgery being the best approach to avoid skin necrosis or infection.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Analysis of the wound location, vascularity of the wound bed, comorbidities, and cosmetic and functional significance must first be performed. Flaps can then be selected accordingly, with local and regional flaps being preferred over distant pedicled or free flaps. Prior to the skin transfer, debridement may be needed to remove dead or damaged skin. Local and regional flaps use adjacent tissue that is mobilized then advanced or pivoted into place. Distant flaps transfer tissue from a different part of the body and can be pedicled to preserve its original blood supply. The blood supply is cut off in free flaps and therefore will need to be joined to the local blood supply via microsurgery. Flap surgery can take anywhere from a short procedure for the most basic local flap, to many hours for the complex microsurgery associated with free flaps.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Flap surgery allows the wound to heal much faster, avoiding infection risk and a long wait for the defect to develop scar tissue. In flap reconstructive surgery of an area of the body more aesthetically sensitive, such as the face, disfigurement is reduced and patients feel more confident.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

The most common cause of flap failure is vascular compromise. Loss of blood supply to the flap could lead to partial flap loss or even total flap necrosis. In the latter, the flap must be removed. Other complications include haematoma, seroma, surgical site infection, and complications specific to the donor site. However, all these complications can be avoided with regular post-op checks of the flap and acting quickly on any foreboding signs.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Flaps and other reconstructive surgical procedures are accessible at local clinics and hospitals at a cost, and patients also often turn to traditional healers. Inadequate treatment or poorly designed flaps can contribute to unnecessary complications and prolonged suffering. 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?

Regular dressings with gauze and bandages can take many months and has a significant risk of infection, which may result in cutting away more tissue to treat it. Traditional medicine is available, but with unsuccessful results.

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