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Success! Phou from Cambodia raised $194 to fund burn repair surgery.

Phou
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  • $194 raised, $0 to go
$194
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Phou's treatment was fully funded on January 9, 2017.

Photo of Phou post-operation

February 2, 2017

Phou underwent successful burn repair surgery.

Surgeons performed a burn contracture release surgery and skin graft on the middle and ring fingers of his left hand. Following the procedure, he received pain medication, and he had physiotherapy for one week before going home. His wound has healed, and he experiences no pain. Phou is now able to hold and carry objects better than before.

Phou says, “I’m happy to see my son do things by himself and play with his brothers and sister as well. Thanks to all of the staff for the help.”

Surgeons performed a burn contracture release surgery and skin graft on the middle and ring fingers of his left hand. Following the procedur...

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December 14, 2016

Phou is a 13-month-old baby boy who has two brothers and one sister. He likes to stay at home with his mother.

When he was five months old, Phou was burned by a hot rice pot. The injury led to burn contractures on two fingers of his left hand. It became difficult for Phou to hold objects, and he was in pain.

When Phou’s mother learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), the family traveled for four hours to seek treatment. On December 14, surgeons at CSC performed a burn contracture release procedure and skin graft to allow Phou to use his hand properly again. CSC is requesting $194 to fund this procedure.

Phou is a 13-month-old baby boy who has two brothers and one sister. He likes to stay at home with his mother. When he was five months o...

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Phou's Timeline

  • December 14, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 14, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phou 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.

  • December 22, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phou's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 09, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phou's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 02, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phou's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Burn Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $194 for Phou's treatment
Hospital Fees
$132
Medical Staff
$51
Medication
$5
Supplies
$6
  • 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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