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Touch is a 30-year-old construction worker from Cambodia who needs $273 to fund wound debridement so he can walk and work again.

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May 24, 2021

Touch is a 30-year-old construction worker. He moved to the capital city for work a few years ago, and has seven siblings and many nieces and nephews in his home province. His parents are retired and live with his eldest sister. With his work, he is able to support them. He is not yet married but it looking forward to it one day.

In May of 2021, he was involved in an accident at work where a piece of heavy metal fell onto his foot and ankle. After the accident, he went to a clinic where he had the wound cleaned and dressed. However, the wound still became infected a few days later. His left ankle has now become swollen and painful, and it is difficult for him to walk. He has not been able to work since the accident.

When Touch learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled there seeking treatment. On May 24th, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure to remove the damaged and infected tissue from the wound. Now, Touch needs help to fund this $273 procedure.

Touch shared, “I am happy I can get this surgery and I hope that when my ankle is better I can be strong again and go back to work. I hope I can walk easily when I visit my family next, and they will not worry about me.”

Touch is a 30-year-old construction worker. He moved to the capital city for work a few years ago, and has seven siblings and many nieces an...

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Touch's Timeline

  • May 24, 2021

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

  • May 24, 2021

    Touch 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.

  • May 25, 2021

    Touch's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 9, 2021

    Awaiting Touch's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.


    Touch is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $273 for Touch'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?

A variety of injuries related to extensive skin loss and the cause of wounds can necessitate a debridement procedure. These include large open wounds, infection, and third degree burns.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients who have injuries that are in need of a debridement are in compromised health and at risk of infection from bacteria or viruses entering through the open wound.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Road traffic accidents—particularly with motorcycles—and hot water or fire burns are common causes of injuries in Cambodia and can often result in surgeries that involve debridement.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Debridement is done using scalpels, forceps, scissors and other instruments for large wounds that have deep tissue damage. First, the skin surrounding the wound is cleaned and disinfected. After determining the depth of the wound, the dead tissue is cut away and the wound is washed out to remove any free tissue. It may take the wound many weeks to heal. However, following a debridement procedure, patients will remain at the hospital for only one week for follow-up care.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

By removing unhealthy tissue from a wound, the wound is able to heal more easily and it reduces the patient’s risk of disease-causing bacteria or viruses entering the body, improving the overall health of the patient.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Debridement procedures come with minor possible complications that include pain, bleeding, infection, and delayed healing.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Severe injuries in need of debridement procedures require surgical operation; affordable surgical care is not very accessible, and so patients travel as much as twelve hours to reach Children's Surgical Centre for free surgery, arriving by bus, motorbike, or taxi.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Alternatives to surgical debridement include chemical debridement (applying a debriding medication to the wound), mechanical debridement (involves a whirlpool bath, a syringe and catheter or wet to dry dressings), and autolytic debridement (involves dressings that retain wound fluids and assist in the body’s natural abilities to clean the wound). However, these alternatives are not as effective as surgical debridement in treating severe wounds.

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