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Success! Sambon from Cambodia raised $787 to fund a wound debridement procedure.

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Sambon's treatment was fully funded on August 11, 2021.

Photo of Sambon post-operation

June 28, 2021

Sambon underwent a wound debridement procedure.

Sambon underwent debridement, or medical removal of damaged tissue, of the burns on his legs. He still experiences pain from the burns, but the procedure will expose his healthy tissue in preparation for skin grafts. Sambon is hopeful that his life will get back to normal soon as he heals from this procedure, and looks forward to being with his family.

His son is glad about the improvements, “Thank you to the donors who are helping my father recover from his burns. His pain is less and we are anxious to have him home again; his grandchildren miss him.”

Sambon underwent debridement, or medical removal of damaged tissue, of the burns on his legs. He still experiences pain from the burns, but ...

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May 17, 2021

Sambon is a 65-year-old proud grandfather. He has been married for 40 years and has two sons, two daughters, and seven grandchildren. Sambon’s wife is a cook at a small organization in Phnom Penh. Sambon is retired now, but used to be a government worker building roads.

On May 9th, Sambon was burned by hot water on both legs. His family took him to an NGO hospital where the wounds were dressed and treated. Then, they referred him to Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) for further evaluation and treatment. It is difficult for him to bend his legs and he is in pain.

On May 17th, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure to remove the dead skin and apply a skin graft so can regain use of his legs. Now, he needs help to fund this $787 procedure.

Sambon shared, “I am so thankful that I can return home soon after I am healed.”

Sambon is a 65-year-old proud grandfather. He has been married for 40 years and has two sons, two daughters, and seven grandchildren. Sambon...

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Sambon's Timeline

  • May 17, 2021

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

  • May 17, 2021

    Sambon 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.

  • May 17, 2021

    Sambon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 28, 2021

    Sambon's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 11, 2021

    Sambon's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Severe Burn Treatment
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $787 for Sambon'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?

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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