Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

Success! Piseth from Cambodia raised $440 to fund a skin graft.

Piseth
100%
  • $440 raised, $0 to go
$440
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Piseth's treatment was fully funded on February 20, 2019.

Photo of Piseth post-operation

January 24, 2019

Piseth underwent a skin graft.

Piseth’s surgery was successful. His wound has been closed and he is walking without pain. Piseth will work with a physiotherapist for one week and will return for a followup within one month.

He says, “I am very happy after the operation and I can walk much better.”

Piseth's surgery was successful. His wound has been closed and he is walking without pain. Piseth will work with a physiotherapist for one w...

Read more
January 10, 2019

Piseth is an eight grade student from Cambodia. He has a sister and two brothers. He likes studying math and wants to go into construction work when he finishes school. He enjoys going for walks and listening to music.

Two months ago, he was electrocuted by a wire while on a roof, and his hands and legs were badly burned. It is very painful and he cannot use his hands.

When Piseth learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On January 11, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to to heal his wounds. Now, Piseth needs help to fund this $440 procedure.

He says, “I hope I won’t be in any more pain after the surgery.”

Piseth is an eight grade student from Cambodia. He has a sister and two brothers. He likes studying math and wants to go into construction w...

Read more

Piseth's Timeline

  • January 10, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 11, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Piseth 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.

  • January 11, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Piseth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 24, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Piseth's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 20, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Piseth's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Skin Graft
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $440 for Piseth's treatment
Hospital Fees
$118
Medical Staff
$274
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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.