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Success! Sideth from Cambodia raised $448 to fund burn repair surgery.

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Sideth's treatment was fully funded on April 10, 2018.

Photo of Sideth post-operation

February 15, 2018

Sideth underwent burn repair surgery.

Sideth’s surgery went well and he’s doing light physiotherapy as he begins the recovery process. Sideth hopes to return to work as an electrician as soon as he can.

He says, “I am very happy that the operation has such a good result.”

Sideth's surgery went well and he's doing light physiotherapy as he begins the recovery process. Sideth hopes to return to work as an electr...

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February 5, 2018

Sideth is an electrician from Cambodia. He has four siblings. He enjoys watching boxing matches and Korean TV shows.

In 2017, he was burned by an electric shock. Burn scar contractures have developed, tightening the skin around the burns on his face, hand, and mouth. It is difficult to open his mouth.

When Sideth learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for half an hour seeking treatment. On February 6, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to move his hand and mouth. Now, he needs help to fund this $448 procedure.

He says, “I hope I feel better after the operation and I can move my hand, mouth and have more beautiful skin.”

Sideth is an electrician from Cambodia. He has four siblings. He enjoys watching boxing matches and Korean TV shows. In 2017, he was burn...

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Sideth's Timeline

  • February 5, 2018

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

  • February 6, 2018

    Sideth 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 6, 2018

    Sideth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 15, 2018

    Sideth's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 10, 2018

    Sideth's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Burn Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $448 for Sideth's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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