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Success! Meng from Cambodia raised $440 to fund a skin graft.

Meng
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Meng's treatment was fully funded on May 15, 2019.

Photo of Meng post-operation

May 10, 2019

Meng underwent a skin graft.

Meng’s surgery went well and he’s been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his foot. Surgery will allow Meng to bend his foot normally, and greatly improve his quality of life. He looks forward to going home to play soccer and return to his studies.

Meng's surgery went well and he's been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his foot. Surgery will al...

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April 25, 2019

Meng is a seventh-grade student from Cambodia. In his free time, Meng likes to play soccer, watch television, listen to music, and read books.

In March 2019, Meng was involved in a motorcycle accident, injuring his right foot. After the injury, the wound became infected and now Meng cannot walk on his own and must use crutches to get around.

When Meng learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On April 26, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to help heal the infection and allow him to walk again without any pain or difficulty. Now, Meng needs help to fund this $440 procedure.

Meng is a seventh-grade student from Cambodia. In his free time, Meng likes to play soccer, watch television, listen to music, and read book...

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Meng's Timeline

  • April 25, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 26, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Meng 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.

  • April 26, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Meng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 10, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Meng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 15, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Meng's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Skin Graft
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $440 for Meng's treatment
Hospital Fees
$118
Medical Staff
$274
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?

A variety of injuries related to extensive skin loss can necessitate a skin graft. These include large open wounds, infection, and third degree burns. Additionally, surgeries such as removal of skin cancers require skin grafts to heal.

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

Patients who have injuries that are in need of a skin graft are in compromised health and at risk of infection from bacteria or viruses entering through the open wound.

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

Road traffic accidents— particularly with motorcycles—are a common cause of injuries in Cambodia and can often result in surgeries that involve a skin graft. The use of open stoves additionally can increase risk of burns, especially in children.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Skin grafting involves covering the affected area with healthy skin from a donor site. In a split-thickness skin graft, the top two layers of the donor skin, or the graft, are transplanted and attached by staples or stitches, and the donor-area is covered with a dressing. For injuries with deeper tissue loss, a full-thickness skin graft may be used, which transplants a full flap of skin, including the muscles and blood supply, and is a more complicated procedure. Prior to the skin transfer, debridement may be needed to remove dead or damaged skin. Following a skin graft surgery, patients will remain at the hospital for 1-2 weeks for follow-up care.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

By replacing damaged or missing skin with a skin graft, the patient’s risk of disease-causing bacteria or viruses entering the body are decreased; the graft also aids in fluid loss prevention and temperature regulation, improving the overall health of the patient.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

One risk of skin grafting is graft failure, caused commonly by blood collecting in the tissues, which necessitates a repeat graft. Other risks include infection, chronic pain, and wound contracture. Potential side effects are scarring, skin discoloration, or reduced skin sensation.

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

Injuries in need of skin grafts require surgical operation; 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?

The skin grafts performed at Children’s Surgical Centre are autographs, or grafts of the patient’s own skin. Alternatives to this include artificial skin grafts, which are used when patients do not have enough skin to cover the exposed area.

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