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Success! Sam Orn from Cambodia raised $194 to fund burn repair surgery.

Sam Orn
  • $194 raised, $0 to go
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Sam Orn's treatment was fully funded on December 30, 2016.

Photo of Sam Orn post-operation

February 1, 2017

Sam Orn underwent successful burn repair surgery.

Surgeons performed a contracture release procedure and skin graft on her neck. Surgeons then performed a follow-up procedure to remove a raised scar on her right shoulder. Following her procedures, she had physiotherapy for one week before being discharged. Her wounds are healing nicely. Sam Orn is now able to move her head easily.

Sam Orn says, “I’m so happy to go back home and work to support my children again.”

Surgeons performed a contracture release procedure and skin graft on her neck. Surgeons then performed a follow-up procedure to remove a rai...

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December 7, 2016

Sam Orn is a 33-year-old factory worker with one son and one daughter. In her free time, she likes to cook for her family and listen to music.

In April 2015, Sam Orn was the victim of an acid attack. Ten percent of her body was burned, including the right side of her face, neck, chest, back, right arm, and right knee. Over time, her wounds became infected.

Sam Orn first visited our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), after the attack. There, surgeons performed a skin graft procedure on her neck. Recently, Sam Orn returned to CSC for further treatment. A scar contracture had developed on her neck, pulling the right side of her face downward. She was uncomfortable and unable to work. On December 7, surgeons performed a contracture release procedure on Sam Orn’s neck.

After recovery, Sam Orn will feel comfortable again. Now, CSC is requesting $194 to fund her treatment.

Sam Orn is a 33-year-old factory worker with one son and one daughter. In her free time, she likes to cook for her family and listen to musi...

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Sam Orn's Timeline

  • December 7, 2016

    Sam Orn was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • December 7, 2016

    Sam Orn 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.

  • December 15, 2016

    Sam Orn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 30, 2016

    Sam Orn's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 1, 2017

    Sam Orn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Burn Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $194 for Sam Orn'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?

The patient will have burns on one or multiple areas of his or her body, which can be both functionally limiting and cosmetically uncomfortable. Burns can become infected and necrotic. Scars or contractures may form where the individual has been burned. This causes the skin to tighten, making it difficult for the patient to move the affected area. This condition can limit function, especially if the contractures form on the patient's hand.

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

Contracture burns are common on young children's hands and feet, and they limit their mobility. As children grow older, they often become uncomfortable about the appearance of the burns.

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

Many Cambodian homes use open cooking fires, which increase the risk of accidental burns.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

During a 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?

Patients will experience increased function, reduced pain, and a much lower risk of infection.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

If less than 40% of the body is burned, these burns can be effectively treated through debridement, skin graft, and contracture release treatments. There is a risk of infection, but this can be managed with various forms of daily dressings.

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

Skin grafts and other burn treatments are accessible at local clinics and hospitals. However, if patients are poor, they often resort to traditional healers.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Traditional medicine is available, but with unsuccessful results.

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