Vireak Thet is a happy two-year-old boy from Cambodia. He lives in Phnom Penh with his parents and grandmother. His mom stays at home to care for him, and his dad works as a motorbike taxi driver. To supplement their income, his grandma sells ice cream from a cart in front of their home. Vireak Thet loves playing with the other children in the neighborhood, and eating ice cream from his grandma’s cart.
Last year, Vireak Thet accidentally burned his right hand with hot cooking oil. Burn scar contractures have developed, tightening the skin around his index and middle fingers. It is difficult for him to use his hand for every day activities.
Fortunately, our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), can help Vireak Thet. On August 9th, surgeons at CSC’s care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to improve the function of his hand. Now, his family needs help to fund this $495 procedure.
His mom shared, “I hope he can move his fingers freely and be able to use his hand when he starts school.”
Vireak Thet is a happy two-year-old boy from Cambodia. He lives in Phnom Penh with his parents and grandmother. His mom stays at home to car...
Vireak Thet underwent burn contracture surgery so he can use his hand effectively.
Vireak Thet and his parents visited the Children’s Surgical Center (CSC) for surgeons to release his burn contractures and place skin grafts to reconstruct the affected area. He spent several days in the hospital until surgeons were sure the grafts were healing, then he was able to return home.
In physical therapy, his mom learned how to massage his hand and strengthen it to improve finger flexibility and range of motion. The surgery and rehabilitation will help restore movement and flexibility to Vireak Thet’s fingers, enabling him to grasp items and perform daily activities with greater ease. As he grows older and enters school, this will enhance his quality of life and independence. Vireak Thet’s mother hopes that he can use his hand well and that other children will not tease him about his disfigured fingers.
His mother said: “I am happy that my son had surgery because he had a good surgeon and good care. Now he can have a better life with a good hand.”
Vireak Thet and his parents visited the Children's Surgical Center (CSC) for surgeons to release his burn contractures and place skin grafts...