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Success! Solita from Cambodia raised $477 to fund a burn contracture release surgery on her fingers.

Solita
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  • $477 raised, $0 to go
$477
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Solita's treatment was fully funded on April 27, 2021.

Photo of Solita post-operation

March 30, 2021

Solita underwent a burn contracture release surgery on her fingers.

Solita had surgery on her hand to repair her burn scars. She was feeling well after her operation and hopes that she will be able to move her fingers again soon. She will work with the physiotherapy team increase the flexion, and is excited to paint again with her teacher and play with her toys.

Solita’s mother shared, “Thank you to the Children’s Surgical Centre team for fixing my daughter’s hand, and thank you to donors who supported my daughter to get better.”

Solita had surgery on her hand to repair her burn scars. She was feeling well after her operation and hopes that she will be able to move he...

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February 3, 2021

Solita is a 3-year-old from Cambodia. She is the only child in her family. Her mother is a factory worker, while her father repairs motors. Solita likes to play with toys and watch cartoons on TV.

Overall, Solita is in good health, but has some problems with her left hand. Two years ago, she was burned by fire on her left fingers. After the accident, her family took her to a provincial hospital, where she was treated with medicine and dressings for 10 days. Unfortunately, burn scar contractures have developed, tightening the skin around the finger. It is difficult for her to use her hand, and she cannot carry or hold anything.

When Solita’s family learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), they traveled there hoping for treatment. On February 3rd, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her use her fingers easily again. Now, she needs help to fund this $477 procedure.

Her parents shared, “We hope our daughter’s fingers will be better and the procedure will improve her ability to do daily activities.”

Solita is a 3-year-old from Cambodia. She is the only child in her family. Her mother is a factory worker, while her father repairs motors. ...

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Solita's Timeline

  • February 3, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 3, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Solita 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 4, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Solita's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 30, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Solita's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 27, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Solita's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Burn Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $477 for Solita's treatment
Hospital Fees
$161
Medical Staff
$268
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?

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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