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Success! Puthiya from Cambodia raised $474 to fund a skin graft procedure.

Puthiya
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  • $474 raised, $0 to go
$474
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Puthiya's treatment was fully funded on July 30, 2021.

Photo of Puthiya post-operation

August 26, 2021

Puthiya underwent a skin graft procedure.

Puthiya was a very brave girl during her surgery and had a successful skin graft procedure for her foot. Her pain has lessened, and she now has a walking cast, so she can start to walk and play like other children. Puthiya is thrilled to play again with her siblings!

Her parents said: “We are so grateful to CSC and the donors who helped Puthiya to have this important surgery. She will be able to walk like other children, go to school when she is older, and be a normal child as she grows.”

Puthiya was a very brave girl during her surgery and had a successful skin graft procedure for her foot. Her pain has lessened, and she now ...

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July 23, 2021

Puthiya is a two-year-old girl. She has one brother and one sister, who she enjoys playing with. Puthiya also like to paint and play games on her parent’s phone. She has not yet started school but shares that she wants to be a teacher one day. Puthiya says her favorite food is soup, fried chicken, and milk.

In April of 2021, Puthiya was playing in front of her house when a passing traffic accident knocked her down and caused her foot to be fractured. After the accident, she received skin grafts and other medical treatments at a hospital. However, the wound is degloving now, meaning the top layers of the skin tissue are separating from the underlying tissue. This causes pain and difficulty walking for young Puthiya.

When Puthiya and her family learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On July 23rd, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure for Puthiya. Now, CSC is requesting $474 to fund this treatment.

Puthiya’s parents shared their worries, “I hope she can get well and walk again without pain.”

Puthiya is a two-year-old girl. She has one brother and one sister, who she enjoys playing with. Puthiya also like to paint and play games o...

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Puthiya's Timeline

  • July 23, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 23, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Puthiya 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.

  • July 25, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Puthiya's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 30, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Puthiya's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 26, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Puthiya's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Skin Graft
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $474 for Puthiya's treatment
Hospital Fees
$118
Medical Staff
$308
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?

A variety of injuries related to extensive skin loss can necessitate a skin graft. These include large open wounds, infection, and third degree burns. Additionally, surgeries such as removal of skin cancers require skin grafts to heal.

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

Patients who have injuries that are in need of a skin graft are in compromised health and at risk of infection from bacteria or viruses entering through the open wound.

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

Road traffic accidents— particularly with motorcycles—are a common cause of injuries in Cambodia and can often result in surgeries that involve a skin graft. The use of open stoves additionally can increase risk of burns, especially in children.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Skin grafting involves covering the affected area with healthy skin from a donor site. In a split-thickness skin graft, the top two layers of the donor skin, or the graft, are transplanted and attached by staples or stitches, and the donor-area is covered with a dressing. For injuries with deeper tissue loss, a full-thickness skin graft may be used, which transplants a full flap of skin, including the muscles and blood supply, and is a more complicated procedure. Prior to the skin transfer, debridement may be needed to remove dead or damaged skin. Following a skin graft surgery, patients will remain at the hospital for 1-2 weeks for follow-up care.

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

By replacing damaged or missing skin with a skin graft, the patient’s risk of disease-causing bacteria or viruses entering the body are decreased; the graft also aids in fluid loss prevention and temperature regulation, improving the overall health of the patient.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

One risk of skin grafting is graft failure, caused commonly by blood collecting in the tissues, which necessitates a repeat graft. Other risks include infection, chronic pain, and wound contracture. Potential side effects are scarring, skin discoloration, or reduced skin sensation.

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

Injuries in need of skin grafts require surgical operation; 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?

The skin grafts performed at Children’s Surgical Centre are autographs, or grafts of the patient’s own skin. Alternatives to this include artificial skin grafts, which are used when patients do not have enough skin to cover the exposed area.

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