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Success! Srey Lis from Cambodia raised $448 to fund burn repair surgery.

Srey Lis
  • $448 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Srey Lis's treatment was fully funded on November 4, 2019.

Photo of Srey Lis post-operation

September 16, 2019

Srey Lis underwent burn repair surgery.

Srey Lis’ surgery went well and she’s been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in her fingers and hands. Surgery will allow Srey Lis to greatly improve her quality of life and allow her to grow up with little difficulty.

“I am so happy that my daughter’s operation went well and that she can grow up normally and return to her activities as usual.” - Srey Lis’s Mother

Srey Lis' surgery went well and she's been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in her fingers and hands...

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August 12, 2019

Srey Lis is a 2-year-old girl from Cambodia. She is an only child from Svaay Rieng Province, and she enjoys playing with her toys and watching television.

In April 2019, she was in an accident involving an electrical wire that burned a finger on her right hand. She is unable to fully flex and bend the finger in her right hand.

When Srey Lis learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On August 13, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to help her utilize the full movement in her hand and fingers. Now, she needs help to fund this $448 procedure.

Her mother says, “I hope that I will no longer have to worry about my daughter’s condition, and she will look and feel better after her surgery.”

Srey Lis is a 2-year-old girl from Cambodia. She is an only child from Svaay Rieng Province, and she enjoys playing with her toys and watchi...

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Srey Lis's Timeline

  • August 12, 2019

    Srey Lis was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • August 13, 2019

    Srey Lis 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.

  • August 15, 2019

    Srey Lis's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 16, 2019

    Srey Lis's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 04, 2019

    Srey Lis's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Burn Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $448 for Srey Lis'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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Gibson is a young playful boy from Being the firstborn in a family of two, he loves helping his mother around the kitchen and playing football. When he was two years old, Gibson suffered extensive burns on his left upper body after hot boiling beans spilt on him while playing with his friend in the kitchen. He was taken to the hospital and spent a long time healing. He healed with contractures on his left axilla and had a partial burn contracture release. The surgical site developed infections and he had skin grafting done but unfortunately failed and had a repeat surgery. He was reviewed by visiting surgeons and had skin flap surgery recommended to allow blood circulation. Without treatment, Gibson will be at risk of long term complications on his left hand.Gibson's parents are peasant farmers who rely on the few harvests they get to make ends meet. They are not able to consolidate sufficient funds for their child's surgery. The appeal for financial assistance. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Gibson receive treatment. On September 26th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery. Once treated, he will be able to stretch his hand with ease and reduce further infections on the wound. Now, he needs help to fund this $832 procedure. Gibson’s father says, “The doctors have advised on one more surgery to make my son even better but am unable to afford the cost, if it’s possible kindly help us.”

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