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Success! Masy from Cambodia raised $477 to fund burn surgery on his hand.

Masy
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  • $477 raised, $0 to go
$477
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Masy's treatment was fully funded on December 25, 2020.

Photo of Masy post-operation

December 26, 2020

Masy underwent burn surgery on his hand.

Masy’s procedure was successful. He will continue to receive treatment at the hospital until his wound has fully healed, and he will need to keep his arm in a splint for two more weeks. After that he will be able to start a physiotherapy program to rebuild the range of movement of his fingers and hand. Once he has fully recovered Masy will be able to use his hand easily and hold things without pain.

Masy’s mother said, “I feel so grateful that my son’s surgery was good, and that as he grows up he will be able to work well in school with no problems.”

Masy's procedure was successful. He will continue to receive treatment at the hospital until his wound has fully healed, and he will need to...

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October 3, 2020

Masy is a 2-year-old baby boy from Cambodia. Masy has one younger brother. His father works for an NGO and his mother has a small business in town. Masy enjoys watching cartoons, playing with toys with his brother, and spending time outside with his parents on the weekend.

In December 2019, Masy accidentally touched a very hot rice cooker and burned his right hand. Scar tissue contracture from the burn has developed. The tightened skin at the burn site limits his hand’s mobility and now he cannot grasp objects.

When Masy’s family learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, they traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On October 2nd, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him regain use of his hand. Now, he needs help to fund this $477 procedure.

Masy’s mom said, “I hope his hand will be normal after surgery and my son won’t feel any pain.”

Masy is a 2-year-old baby boy from Cambodia. Masy has one younger brother. His father works for an NGO and his mother has a small business i...

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Masy's Timeline

  • October 02, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Masy received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • October 3, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Masy was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • October 05, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Masy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 25, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Masy's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 26, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Masy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Burn Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $477 for Masy'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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