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

Sren
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  • $440 raised, $0 to go
$440
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$0
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Fully funded
Sren's treatment was fully funded on April 10, 2018.

Photo of Sren post-operation

February 20, 2018

Sren underwent a skin graft.

Sren’s operation went well. Surgery will improve his quality of life by eliminating discomfort. Surgery is also important to ensure that he will be able to walk and return to work.

His wife says, “I am really surprised with the result after the operation. Now my husband can do everything by himself again.”

Sren's operation went well. Surgery will improve his quality of life by eliminating discomfort. Surgery is also important to ensure that he ...

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February 8, 2018

Sren is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has one son. He enjoys listening to the radio and traditional Khmer music.

In November 2017, Sren was in a motorcycle accident that caused a fracture in his leg. It causes constant pain, and he cannot walk on his own. He has been unable to work and support his family.

Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. On February 9, Sren will undergo a skin graft procedure, which will cost $440. This procedure will repair the wounds on his leg and help him walk easily again.

He says, “I hope after the surgery I can walk by myself again and return to my work.”

Sren is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has one son. He enjoys listening to the radio and traditional Khmer music. In November 2017, Sren...

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Sren's Timeline

  • February 8, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sren was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • February 9, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sren 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.

  • February 13, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sren's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 20, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sren's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 10, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sren's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Skin Graft
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $440 for Sren'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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Paw

Paw is a 24-year-old woman from Thailand. Originally from Burma, Paw, her husband, their three daughters and her parents fled in March 2021 after the Burmese military shot rockets into their village. In Thailand, as refugees, they cannot work, and have temporarily moved in with Paw's brother and his family. They receive rice from her brother's neighbors, while her brother's family provides them with vegetables and curries. In July 2021, Paw's parents and her two older daughters went back to their village when they felt it was safe to do so. Meanwhile, her husband and her three-month-old baby have stayed with her while she receives treatment in Chiang Mai. Two years ago, Paw noticed a mass on the right side of her neck. Her neighbor suggested she apply a natural remedy, but unfortunately, the mass remained and grew over time. In September 2019, she visited a local hospital in Thailand with her husband, but the surgery recommended was too expensive. She experiences pain near the site of the mass, and the mass is still growing. Paw sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). She is scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on August 16th, and now she needs to raise $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Paw shared, “I felt embarrassed and very upset when I first noticed that I had this problem. I will feel a lot better after my surgery because I have needed to receive it since I first went to see the doctor in 2019. In the future I want to look after my children and send them to school.”

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