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Success! Mai from Cambodia raised $273 to fund a surgery to treat a severe infection.

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Mai's treatment was fully funded on November 25, 2021.

Photo of Mai post-operation

August 26, 2021

Mai underwent surgery to treat a severe infection.

Mai’s surgery was a success! He traveled to Children’s Surgical Center where surgeons performed a debridement of his scalp burn. He will have his dressing changed every day to assure that new connective tissue with blood supply is forming and his wound is healing as expected. He will no longer have a chronic infection or swelling, and his health will improve. Doctors look forward to his progress and plan to do a skin graft in the future to help him fully heal.

Mai shared, “I am so thankful to have received this treatment so that I can get back to work to support my wife and child. Thank you to the CSC staff for taking good care of me.”

Mai's surgery was a success! He traveled to Children's Surgical Center where surgeons performed a debridement of his scalp burn. He will hav...

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July 13, 2021

Mai is a 27-year-old farmer from Cambodia who works with his wife in the fields during the rainy season. During the dry season, they move to the city for other work, where Mai installs billboards while his wife works in a factory. They have been married for five years and have one daughter. Their daughter stays behind in the province, where her grandparents take care of her. When he is not working, Mai likes cooking and watching movies.

Earlier this month, Mai was injured in an accident that caused an electric burn on his head. He went to a provincial hospital to receive treatment, but the wound became infected. He now experiences pain, swelling, and pus discharge from the wound.

When Mai learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for seven hours to seek treatment. On July 13th, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure to remove damaged and infected tissue from the wound. Now, CSC is requesting $273 to fund his procedure.

Mai shares, “I hope that my head can heal quickly, and that the pain can go away so that I can work in comfort.”

Mai is a 27-year-old farmer from Cambodia who works with his wife in the fields during the rainy season. During the dry season, they move to...

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Mai's Timeline

  • July 13, 2021

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

  • July 13, 2021

    Mai 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 14, 2021

    Mai's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 26, 2021

    Mai's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 25, 2021

    Mai's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $273 for Mai's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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 and the cause of wounds can necessitate a debridement procedure. These include large open wounds, infection, and third degree burns.

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

Patients who have injuries that are in need of a debridement 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—and hot water or fire burns are common causes of injuries in Cambodia and can often result in surgeries that involve debridement.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Debridement is done using scalpels, forceps, scissors and other instruments for large wounds that have deep tissue damage. First, the skin surrounding the wound is cleaned and disinfected. After determining the depth of the wound, the dead tissue is cut away and the wound is washed out to remove any free tissue. It may take the wound many weeks to heal. However, following a debridement procedure, patients will remain at the hospital for only one week for follow-up care.

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

By removing unhealthy tissue from a wound, the wound is able to heal more easily and it reduces the patient’s risk of disease-causing bacteria or viruses entering the body, improving the overall health of the patient.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Debridement procedures come with minor possible complications that include pain, bleeding, infection, and delayed healing.

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

Severe injuries in need of debridement procedures 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?

Alternatives to surgical debridement include chemical debridement (applying a debriding medication to the wound), mechanical debridement (involves a whirlpool bath, a syringe and catheter or wet to dry dressings), and autolytic debridement (involves dressings that retain wound fluids and assist in the body’s natural abilities to clean the wound). However, these alternatives are not as effective as surgical debridement in treating severe wounds.

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