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Success! Seanghong from Cambodia raised $477 to fund a burn contracture release surgery.

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Seanghong's treatment was fully funded on December 14, 2020.

Photo of Seanghong post-operation

December 15, 2020

Seanghong underwent a burn contracture release surgery.

Seanghong had successful burn treatment at Watsi’s partner CSC Hospital! Seanghong has several burn scars on his right hip, right knee and right foot, which have been giving him pain and difficulty walking and running. Now that he has had surgery, he is hopeful that he will be able to move more easily and to play soccer. He has started physiotherapy and is improving; he really hopes to be a good athlete as he gets better.

His family shared with us, “We are happy that he had a good result and is already walking well now.”

Seanghong had successful burn treatment at Watsi's partner CSC Hospital! Seanghong has several burn scars on his right hip, right knee and r...

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October 13, 2020

Seanghong is a 14-year-old student from Cambodia. He lives at home with his mother and siblings. Seanghong has two brothers and one sister, and he is the youngest in the family. His father passed away several years ago, and his mother now works as a farmer. His siblings also work to support the family. At school, he is in seventh grade and loves to read. He also enjoys playing sports with his friends.

When he was only one year old, Seanghong was burned on the right side of his body. He received care at an NGO hospital, but has since had scar contractures on his right hip, right knee, and right foot. These scars have caused him pain and irritation, and make it difficult to walk or run.

When Seanghong learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On October 13th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him move easily again. Now, he needs help to fund this $477 procedure.

Seanghong shared, “I hope that after this surgery, I can be a better soccer player and athlete.”

Seanghong is a 14-year-old student from Cambodia. He lives at home with his mother and siblings. Seanghong has two brothers and one sister, ...

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Seanghong's Timeline

  • October 13, 2020

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

  • October 13, 2020

    Seanghong 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.

  • October 14, 2020

    Seanghong's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 14, 2020

    Seanghong's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 15, 2020

    Seanghong's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Burn Contracture Release Surgery
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  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $477 for Seanghong's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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Ma Nwe

Ma Nwe is a 33-year-old woman who lives with her husband and two daughters in Burma. Her eldest daughter goes to school, while she looks after the youngest daughter at home. Her husband is a day laborer, but unfortunately, due to economic difficulties brought on by COVID-19 and the military coup in Burma, her husband cannot find work every day. The income he earns is not enough to cover the family's daily expenses or pay for basic health care. Two weeks ago, Ma Nwe was boiling water and sitting near the stove while her daughter played nearby. Her daughter accidentally bumped into the pot on the stove, causing it to spill the boiling water on Ma Nwe's left foot. Right away, Ma Nwe ran cold water over her foot and applied chicken fat to her burnt skin. The next day, she went to see a traditional healer who applied medicine to her foot. However, her foot has become infected and she has developed an ulcer. She is in pain and has difficulty sleeping. Due to her injury, she cannot look after her daughters or do household chores. Ma Nwe's husband’s grandmother recommended that she visit our medical partner's care center. On September 2nd, Ma Nwe visited the care center of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for treatment. There, the doctor examined her foot, drained her ulcer, and ordered a blood test. Since her foot is badly infected, the doctor recommended that she undergo a wound debridement as soon as possible. Ma Nwe will have the procedure on September 9th. Now, she needs help to raise $694 to fund her procedure and care. Ma Nwe shared, "I want to recover as quickly as possible so that I can be with my daughters again. I want to play with them."

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