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Success! Pheakdey from Cambodia raised $417 to fund burn repair surgery.

Pheakdey
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  • $417 raised, $0 to go
$417
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Pheakdey's treatment was fully funded on September 5, 2018.

Photo of Pheakdey post-operation

July 11, 2018

Pheakdey underwent burn repair surgery.

Pheakdey’s surgery went well and he’s been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his fingers. Surgery will allow Pheakdey to greatly improve his quality of life and allow him to live without pain.

He says, “I am happy with the results. Now I have normal fingers, just like my friends! Thank you so much.”

Pheakdey's surgery went well and he's been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his fingers. Surgery ...

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July 5, 2018

Pheakdey is a young student from Cambodia. He hopes to be a teacher when he grows up.He has one brother and two sisters.

Four years ago, he was burned by hot rice on his fingers. He developed skin contractures on his left fingers. He has difficulty using his left hand and moving his fingers. He cannot do his daily work easily. He needs to undergo a contracture release surgery to improve his use of his hand and fingers.

Surgery is scheduled for July 6. Now, his family needs help funding this $417 procedure.

His mother says, “I hope my son’s fingers can be bent and used again after surgery.”

Pheakdey is a young student from Cambodia. He hopes to be a teacher when he grows up.He has one brother and two sisters. Four years ago, ...

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Pheakdey's Timeline

  • July 5, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Pheakdey was submitted by Christine Jacobson, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • July 06, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Pheakdey 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.

  • July 10, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Pheakdey's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 11, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Pheakdey's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 05, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Pheakdey's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $417 for Pheakdey's treatment
Hospital Fees
$65
Medical Staff
$304
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?

Contractures are permanently shortened muscles or joints that occur most commonly in the elbow, ankle, knee, hip, and shoulder. As the muscle is unable to stretch, the affected area has considerably limited movement. Other symptoms include pain and inflammation.

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

The inability to move the affected area impacts mobility and can reduce the patient’s ability to perform daily tasks independently.

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

Trauma is a major cause of contractures, and road traffic accidents—particularly with motorcycles—are pervasive in Cambodia. In addition, the longer that the contracture goes without treatment, the less chance there is of motion recovery; the lack of many surgical centers in Cambodia means that patients do not often present early for treatment.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Contracture release surgery aims to remove or cut the thickened scar tissue (fascia) and procedures vary depending on the joint affected. There are three main ways of treating a contracture: open fasciotomy, which cuts the fascia by cutting open the overlying skin; needle fasciotomy, which cuts through the fascia using a needle and without opening the skin; and open fasciectomy, which removes the fascia.

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

Surgical treatment of contracture restores movement to the affected area, allowing patients increased function and reduced pain.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

The surgery carries a small risk of infection and of damage to nearby tendons, blood vessels, and nerves. Postoperative complications include loss of flexion and hematoma.

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

While some treatment for contractures can be available locally, certain contractures need surgery to restore motion. 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?

Physical therapy, splinting, and other exercises may be able to increase movement if the contracture is only in the muscles; joint contractures and contractures that do not respond to other treatments may require a surgery to restore function of the affected area.

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