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Success! Heng from Cambodia raised $477 to fund burn treatment.

Heng
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  • $477 raised, $0 to go
$477
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Heng's treatment was fully funded on October 6, 2020.

Photo of Heng post-operation

November 2, 2020

Heng underwent burn treatment.

Heng’s operation went very well and once his wound heals he will begin physiotherapy. Heng will be able to use his hand now and return to his favorite activity: drawing!

Heng’s mother told us, “I am so grateful that my son can use his fingers again. Now he can start school, eat food by himself, and play with his friends.”

Heng's operation went very well and once his wound heals he will begin physiotherapy. Heng will be able to use his hand now and return to hi...

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September 25, 2020

Heng is a 4-year-old student from Cambodia. He lives with his parents and his younger sister. His parents sell food out of their home. He has just started school, and enjoys drawing and listening to stories. He and his sister bring their toys outside to play with other children and he also loves to watch cartoons.

In May 2020, Heng’s right hand was burned by an electrical wire. His family took him to a local hospital where he was treated with a skin graft. He now has a burn contracture of his fingers, and it is difficult for him to use his hand at all.

When Heng learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for one-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. On September 24th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to help him use his hand again, so that he can write and eat easily. Now, he needs help to fund this $477 procedure.

Heng’s father said, “I hope my son can have his hand healed so that he can write well in school, and that he won’t have any more pain from his burn.”

Heng is a 4-year-old student from Cambodia. He lives with his parents and his younger sister. His parents sell food out of their home. He ha...

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Heng's Timeline

  • September 24, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Heng 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.

  • September 25, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 27, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Heng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 6, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Heng's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 2, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Heng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Burn Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $477 for Heng's treatment
Hospital Fees
$161
Medical Staff
$268
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • 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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