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Success! Ravy from Cambodia raised $454 to fund hand surgery to finally heal his burn.

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Ravy's treatment was fully funded on August 16, 2022.

Photo of Ravy post-operation

September 1, 2022

Ravy underwent hand surgery to finally heal his burn.

Ravy had successful surgery to release his contractures and replace the damaged skin with a full-thickness skin graft. He remained at the hospital for several dressing changes to make sure the skin graft was successful, and then he was allowed to return home. He was given physiotherapy exercises to strengthen his fingers, which he will start as soon as the incision is healed. He is excited that he will finally have full use of his left hand and fingers, and can work in the family rice fields, return to work at the gas station, or search for another job.

Ravy said: “I don’t remember when I could do things with my left hand, I am excited to know I can soon have the use of both hands. I am grateful to the staff at the hospital and the donors who supported me to have this procedure. Thank you!”

Ravy had successful surgery to release his contractures and replace the damaged skin with a full-thickness skin graft. He remained at the ho...

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April 4, 2022

Ravy lives at home with his five siblings and his parents, who are rice farmers. In his free time, he helps his mother with the housework and enjoys playing football or watching TV.

When he was only two years old, Ravy’s left hand was burned with hot rice. His parents did not seek treatment due to a lack of money and distance from medical clinics but sought help from local healers. His burns healed but left contracture scars that over time have thickened and tightened, preventing movement of his fingers. He had a procedure when he was five, but the contractures remain.

Ravy traveled two and a half hours to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, where surgeons plan to release the contractures, repair his burned fingers, and replace the skin with a skin graft. The treatment will include surgery, medications, and several days in the hospital. Ravy needs help to pay for this $454 treatment.

Ravy shared, “I hope after the surgery, my left hand gets better, with no pain. I want my hand to work as normal so I can find a better job to help my family.”

Ravy lives at home with his five siblings and his parents, who are rice farmers. In his free time, he helps his mother with the housework an...

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Ravy's Timeline

  • April 4, 2022

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

  • April 4, 2022

    Ravy 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.

  • April 5, 2022

    Ravy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 16, 2022

    Ravy's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 1, 2022

    Ravy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $454 for Ravy'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?

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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