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Success! Mey from Cambodia raised $194 to fund skin graft surgery.

Mey
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  • $194 raised, $0 to go
$194
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Mey's treatment was fully funded on March 18, 2017.

Photo of Mey post-operation

March 2, 2017

Mey underwent successful skin graft surgery.

Following the procedure, he was given pain medication. He had one week of physiotherapy at CSC before being discharged. Mey is now able to hold and carry objects more easily than before.

Mey says, “I look forward to studying again.”

Following the procedure, he was given pain medication. He had one week of physiotherapy at CSC before being discharged. Mey is now able to h...

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January 19, 2017

Mey is a seven-year-old student. He likes to play with his friends at school and play with toy cars.

When he was nine months old, Mey burned four fingers of his right hand with porridge. He developed scar contractures, meaning the muscles and tendons around the injury shortened. The skin around the area of the burn has also tightened. It is difficult for Mey to hold objects.

Mey’s mother learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), from a neighbor. Mey and his mother traveled for three hours to reach CSC for treatment. On January 20, surgeons will perform a release and skin graft surgery to treat the burn contracture. After recovery, Mey will be able to use his hand easily again. CSC is requesting $194 to fund this procedure.

Mey is a seven-year-old student. He likes to play with his friends at school and play with toy cars. When he was nine months old, Mey bu...

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Mey's Timeline

  • January 19, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 20, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mey 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 23, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mey's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 2, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mey's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 18, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mey's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Burn Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $194 for Mey's treatment
Hospital Fees
$132
Medical Staff
$51
Medication
$5
Supplies
$6
  • 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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