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Success! Sorma from Cambodia raised $787 to fund burn treatment on her arm and hand.

Sorma
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  • $787 raised, $0 to go
$787
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$0
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Fully funded
Sorma's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2020.

Photo of Sorma post-operation

December 17, 2020

Sorma underwent burn treatment.

Sorma and her family traveled to Watsi’s Medical Partner CSC where surgeons performed a commissuroplasty, a procedure to help heal the corner of her mouth. They did a surgical release of the contracture on her elbow and added a skin graft. After her surgery she is healing well, with doctors closely watching her lateral forearm skin flap to make sure it will grow. Her parents are hopeful that she will be able to lead a normal life, and understand that she may need more surgeries as she grows.

Her mother shared, “We are happy that doctors can fix her skin and her wound will heal well.”

Sorma and her family traveled to Watsi's Medical Partner CSC where surgeons performed a commissuroplasty, a procedure to help heal the corne...

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November 19, 2020

Sorma is a one-year-old baby girl from Cambodia and the only child in her family. Her mother is a factory worker and her father is a construction worker. Sorma enjoys playing with her mother, and eating and sleeping.

In March 2020, Sorma was accidentally burned by fire. Her face and right arm were badly damaged. She received medical care and skin grafts at another hospital. Now her family has come to Watsi’s medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) for help with the scar contractures on Sorma’s eyes, lip, nose, right elbow, and right wrist. Particularly, the scar contracture on her right arm and she cannot bend her right arm now.

When Sorma’s family learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, they traveled for 90 minutes seeking treatment. On November 18th, surgeons at CSC will perform an elbow contracture release and local flap surgery to help her be able to bend her right arm. Now, she needs help to fund this $787 procedure.

Sorma’s mother said, “I hope she will be able to use her arm to hold objects and feel more confident.”

Sorma is a one-year-old baby girl from Cambodia and the only child in her family. Her mother is a factory worker and her father is a constru...

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Sorma's Timeline

  • November 18, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sorma 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.

  • November 19, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 20, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sorma's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 1, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sorma's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 17, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sorma's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Severe Burn Treatment
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $787 for Sorma's treatment
Hospital Fees
$160
Medical Staff
$579
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?

Patients have severe burns that develop infections. Patients cannot move easily and are in pain, preventing them from working. Burns may cause changes in physical appearance. Severe burns can be acid burns, gas fire burns, and electrical burns. These burns typically cover large portions of skin across multiple limbs.

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

Intentional attack burns are meant to disfigure and maim victims for life, so the social impacts of their burns are severe. Families may be heavily impacted by the attack, and victims may be socially isolated or have difficulty finding work.

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

Acid is widely available in Cambodia, with little or no regulation. It is commonly used in car and motorbike batteries, rubber processing, and jewelry making.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Severe burn victims stay at Children's Surgical Centre for up to three months, undergoing multiple surgeries to treat the burned skin. During the first debridement procedure, the burned skin is removed under general anesthesia. If there is any necrotic tissue, it is removed by a sharp dissection and cleaned with antiseptic agents. Once good granulation tissues are seen, the area is covered with a skin graft donated from the upper arm or thigh. When scars or contractures form (usually within one month after the burn), a z-plasty is needed. Surgeons make a z-shaped incision along the contracture area and release the tightened tissue. Dressings are applied. Additional post-operative care might involve physiotherapy and pressure garments.

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

The patient's infections will be treated, the skin will be healed, and he or she will enjoy improved confidence.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

These treatments are low-risk.

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

Severe burn treatments are available at burn units in Cambodia. However, because treatment requires a long hospital stay, the bill can become very expensive. When a patient cannot pay, he or she may be expelled from the hospital in the middle of a treatment plan.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Treatment outside of a hospital environment is very dangerous and can cause serious infections.

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