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Success! Mony from Cambodia raised $474 to undergo skin graft surgery so he can walk easily again.

Mony
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  • $474 raised, $0 to go
$474
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Mony's treatment was fully funded on August 30, 2021.

Photo of Mony post-operation

September 21, 2021

Mony underwent skin graft surgery so he can walk easily again.

Mony had successful surgery to correct his fractured tibia! After a brief post-op period, he was able to return home. He is eager to return to school. He hopes that soon he will regain full function of his leg and will walk without crutches so he can get back to all his favorite activities and being with his friends and family.

Mony said: “Thank you to the donors who supported my surgeons to return my leg to normal. I am grateful that I can do things by myself and keep up with my friends in school.”

Mony had successful surgery to correct his fractured tibia! After a brief post-op period, he was able to return home. He is eager to return ...

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August 9, 2021

Mony is a 16-year-old student who lives with his mother and three younger sisters. Mony and his sisters are all studying in public school. Their father sadly passed away many years ago. Mony’s mother supports her family by selling soft drinks from their home.

In March 2021, Mony was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a closed fracture of his right tibia. After the accident Mony went to a government hospital where screws were fixated to his right leg to heal the fracture. Once at home, the wound at the fracture site became infected and open exposing the bone. It is difficult for him to walk and he is in chronic pain.

When Mony learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On August 9th surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to to heal his skin and help him walk easily again. CSC is requesting $474 for the surgery.

Mony shares, “I hope my leg will heal soon so I can walk without pain.”

Mony is a 16-year-old student who lives with his mother and three younger sisters. Mony and his sisters are all studying in public school. T...

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Mony's Timeline

  • August 9, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 9, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mony 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.

  • August 10, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mony's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 30, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mony's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 21, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mony's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Skin Graft
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $474 for Mony's treatment
Hospital Fees
$118
Medical Staff
$308
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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