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Success! Kea from Cambodia raised $474 to fund burn treatment so he can walk easily again.

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Kea's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2021.

Photo of Kea post-operation

January 10, 2022

Kea underwent burn treatment so he can walk easily again.

Kea had successful surgery to repair his burn. Now, he no longer has to worry about future complications of infection and he can walk easily again. Kea is relieved that he could have this procedure so he can work hard to support his children and send them to school.

Kea said: “I am so happy that I will walk again. It has been so hard to watch my family struggle during this difficult time in our country and I could not help. Thank you to those who helped me have this surgery so I can return to being a farmer and helping my family with what they need.”

Kea had successful surgery to repair his burn. Now, he no longer has to worry about future complications of infection and he can walk easily...

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October 20, 2021

Kea is a 42-year-old farmer who is married and has one son and two daughters. His eldest daughter is 20 and is a 3rd year university student in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Kea’s younger daughter is 12 and in 7th grade, and his son is 15 and in 10th grade. Kea’s wife is also a rice and vegetable farmer.

Two months ago Kea burned his right foot on a hot exhaust pipe. The wound did not close and it became infected. It is difficult for him to walk and he is in pain.

When Kea learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On October 20th, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to to heal his chronic wound. Now, Kea needs help to fund this $474 procedure.

Kea said, “I hope my foot heals and I can walk easily again.”

Kea is a 42-year-old farmer who is married and has one son and two daughters. His eldest daughter is 20 and is a 3rd year university student...

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Kea's Timeline

  • October 20, 2021

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

  • October 20, 2021

    Kea 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.

  • October 25, 2021

    Kea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2021

    Kea's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 10, 2022

    Kea's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Skin Graft
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $474 for Kea's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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