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Success! Mao from Cambodia raised $787 to fund burn treatment.

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Mao's treatment was fully funded on December 30, 2020.

Photo of Mao post-operation

September 24, 2020

Mao underwent burn treatment.

Our medical partner shared that Mao’s procedure was successful. His skin graft has taken well and he is not at risk of further complications. He will continue to receive treatment until his wound has healed fully. Mao’s hand is functioning well, and he finally does not feel any pain while using it. The staff at our medical partner CSC are planning for a six-week followup to check the progress of his healing.

Mao said, “Although I lost one of my hands, I am thankful to the doctors that my other hand is still strong and working normally. I am so happy I will be able to take care of myself and do everything independently.”

Our medical partner shared that Mao's procedure was successful. His skin graft has taken well and he is not at risk of further complications...

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August 4, 2020

Mao is a 43-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He and his wife have been married for 20 years and have five children together. His wife is a seasonal farm worker while Mao raises and sells chickens to supplement his income. He enjoys taking care of his chickens and teaches his sons about it in his free time. He also likes to go fishing and watch boxing matches on TV.

In July 2020, Mao was working on his brother’s house to fix the roof when he accidentally received a high voltage shock. This caused burns to both of his hands and feet. His burns are still painful and he cannot walk or use his hands. The burns on his right hand were too severe to treat and his hand had to be amputated. His left hand is treatable and shows good movement.

When Mao learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for six hours seeking treatment. On August 4th, surgeons at CSC will perform a nerve graft and abdominal flap procedure to to help heal his left hand and allow him to use it again. Now, he needs help to fund this $787 procedure.

Mao said, “I hope that my left hand can be saved and that I can get back my strength. I can earn money to support my family with one hand, so everything will be ok.”

Mao is a 43-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He and his wife have been married for 20 years and have five children together. His ...

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Mao's Timeline

  • August 4, 2020

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

  • August 4, 2020

    Mao 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 5, 2020

    Mao's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 24, 2020

    Mao's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 30, 2020

    Mao's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Severe Burn Treatment
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $787 for Mao'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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