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Success! Kea from Cambodia raised $477 to fund mobility restoring burn contracture release surgery on her hand.

Kea
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$477
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$0
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Fully funded
Kea's treatment was fully funded on August 17, 2020.

Photo of Kea post-operation

July 21, 2020

Kea underwent mobility restoring burn contracture release surgery on her hand.

Kea’s procedure was successful and her hand has gained flexibility. She will need to keep her fingers in a splint for a month to ensure that they heal properly and that she develops a full range of motion. After that she will be able to move her hand and fingers normally, and perform tasks like eating, writing and holding things with ease.

Kea’s mother shared, “I am happy to see that her fingers are moving well. I am excited to see her write well in school when she can hold her pencil better.”

Kea's procedure was successful and her hand has gained flexibility. She will need to keep her fingers in a splint for a month to ensure that...

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July 9, 2020

Kea is a three-year-old child from Cambodia. Her parents are both factory workers, and Kea is their only child. She has not started school yet, but she enjoys drawing pictures and listening to stories. She goes with her dad to play outside everyday.

In July of 2018, she suffered a burn on her right hand from hot water. Her parents took her to a local hospital where the doctors were only able to clean and dress the wound. Soon her fingers became contracted and she could no longer use her hand normally.

When Kea’s family learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), they traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On July 9th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to release the tension in her hand and allow her to move her fingers well again. Now, she needs help to fund this $477 procedure.

Kea’s mother shared, “She has had problems playing with other children since she got this burn, so I hope after the surgery she can have a good time with her friends.”

Kea is a three-year-old child from Cambodia. Her parents are both factory workers, and Kea is their only child. She has not started school y...

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Kea's Timeline

  • July 9, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 09, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kea 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.

  • July 10, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 21, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kea's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 17, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kea's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

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