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Success! Srey Lis from Cambodia raised $378 to fund her severe burn treatment.

Srey Lis
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Srey Lis's treatment was fully funded on April 12, 2017.

Photo of Srey Lis post-operation

March 8, 2017

Srey Lis received severe burn treatment.

In January, surgeons at CSC performed skin graft procedures on both legs using skin from her back. Srey Lis had a follow-up procedure in February, and surgeons performed skin graft procedures on both of her thighs using skin from her abdomen and right arm. Following both procedures, she was given antibiotics and pain medication. She also had physiotherapy at CSC.

Her wounds are healing nicely, and she does not experience pain. Srey Lis is able to walk more easily than before, but she will likely need to continue skin graft treatments in order to heal her burns. She is staying at CSC to allow doctors to continue to check her wounds often.

Srey Lis says, “I look forward to going back to school once I am all healed.”

In January, surgeons at CSC performed skin graft procedures on both legs using skin from her back. Srey Lis had a follow-up procedure in Feb...

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January 24, 2017

Srey Lis is 12 years old and in the fifth grade. She lives in Cambodia with her two sisters and two brothers. She likes to watch the music channel on TV and read her school books.

In October 2016, Srey Lis suffered a severe hot water burn on her lower abdomen, both of her legs, and her left arm. She went to a hospital in Phnom Penh for treatment, but her symptoms did not improve and her wounds grew infected. She has since developed contractures on both of her legs and hands, tightening the skin around the burns. Srey Lis has not been able to go to school since the accident.

Srey Lis’s parents heard about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), from people in their village. She traveled for four hours with her mother to reach CSC for treatment.

Surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure to remove the damaged and infected tissue as well as a skin graft on both of her legs. This procedure costs $378 and will take place on January 24. Post-surgery, Srey Lis will feel more comfortable again.

Srey Lis is 12 years old and in the fifth grade. She lives in Cambodia with her two sisters and two brothers. She likes to watch the music c...

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Srey Lis's Timeline

  • January 24, 2017

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

  • January 24, 2017

    Srey Lis 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.

  • January 24, 2017

    Srey Lis's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 8, 2017

    Srey Lis's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 12, 2017

    Srey Lis's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Severe Burn Treatment
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $378 for Srey Lis'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?

Patients have severe burns that develop infections. Patients cannot move easily and are in pain, preventing them from working. Burns may cause changes in physical appearance. Severe burns can be acid burns, gas fire burns, and electrical burns. These burns typically cover large portions of skin across multiple limbs.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Intentional attack burns are meant to disfigure and maim victims for life, so the social impacts of their burns are severe. Families may be heavily impacted by the attack, and victims may be socially isolated or have difficulty finding work.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Acid is widely available in Cambodia, with little or no regulation. It is commonly used in car and motorbike batteries, rubber processing, and jewelry making.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Severe burn victims stay at Children's Surgical Centre for up to three months, undergoing multiple surgeries to treat the burned skin. During the first 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?

The patient's infections will be treated, the skin will be healed, and he or she will enjoy improved confidence.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

These treatments are low-risk.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Severe burn treatments are available at burn units in Cambodia. However, because treatment requires a long hospital stay, the bill can become very expensive. When a patient cannot pay, he or she may be expelled from the hospital in the middle of a treatment plan.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Treatment outside of a hospital environment is very dangerous and can cause serious infections.

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