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Success! Phanith from Cambodia raised $474 to fund a skin graft treatment.

Phanith
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$474
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Fully funded
Phanith's treatment was fully funded on April 16, 2021.

Photo of Phanith post-operation

April 2, 2021

Phanith underwent a skin graft treatment.

Phanith had successful complex hand surgery to release his contracture and was able to return home with his family to their province. He will need to keep his incision dry until it heals and will have physiotherapy to increase flexion and extension of his skin graft. Phanith said he’s happy his hand will look nice again and looks forward to playing with toys and with other children.

Phanith’s mother shared, “I appreciate seeing my son feel better. He can hold things like other boys. Thanks to all staff at Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) for their help.”

Phanith had successful complex hand surgery to release his contracture and was able to return home with his family to their province. He wil...

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February 15, 2021

Phanith is a 5-year-old boy from Cambodia. He likes playing with toys and watching cartoons on TV. Phanith’s favorite foods are fried rice with fried eggs. Currently, his parents work in Thailand, so he lives with his grandmother.

When he was two years old, Phanith had an accident where he fell into burning waste, as a result has a burn contracture on his left hand. At the time, his family did not seek medical care and hoped his wound would healed by itself. Now, Phanith has a contracture of his left middle finger and needs a contracture release. When using his hand, he cannot extend his finger and it is difficult for him to hold anything.

When Phanith’s family learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, they traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On February 16th, surgeons at Children’s Surgical Centre will perform a skin graft procedure to to help him to use his hand again. Now, Phanith needs help to fund this $474 procedure.

Phanith’s parents shared, “We hope that our son’s finger will become normal, and he can use it and it will look nice after the surgery.”

Phanith is a 5-year-old boy from Cambodia. He likes playing with toys and watching cartoons on TV. Phanith's favorite foods are fried rice w...

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Phanith's Timeline

  • February 15, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 16, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phanith 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 17, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phanith's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 2, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phanith's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 16, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phanith's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Skin Graft
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $474 for Phanith's treatment
Hospital Fees
$118
Medical Staff
$308
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?

A variety of injuries related to extensive skin loss can necessitate a skin graft. These include large open wounds, infection, and third degree burns. Additionally, surgeries such as removal of skin cancers require skin grafts to heal.

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

Patients who have injuries that are in need of a skin graft 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—are a common cause of injuries in Cambodia and can often result in surgeries that involve a skin graft. The use of open stoves additionally can increase risk of burns, especially in children.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Skin grafting involves covering the affected area with healthy skin from a donor site. In a split-thickness skin graft, the top two layers of the donor skin, or the graft, are transplanted and attached by staples or stitches, and the donor-area is covered with a dressing. For injuries with deeper tissue loss, a full-thickness skin graft may be used, which transplants a full flap of skin, including the muscles and blood supply, and is a more complicated procedure. Prior to the skin transfer, debridement may be needed to remove dead or damaged skin. Following a skin graft surgery, patients will remain at the hospital for 1-2 weeks for follow-up care.

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

By replacing damaged or missing skin with a skin graft, the patient’s risk of disease-causing bacteria or viruses entering the body are decreased; the graft also aids in fluid loss prevention and temperature regulation, improving the overall health of the patient.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

One risk of skin grafting is graft failure, caused commonly by blood collecting in the tissues, which necessitates a repeat graft. Other risks include infection, chronic pain, and wound contracture. Potential side effects are scarring, skin discoloration, or reduced skin sensation.

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

Injuries in need of skin grafts 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?

The skin grafts performed at Children’s Surgical Centre are autographs, or grafts of the patient’s own skin. Alternatives to this include artificial skin grafts, which are used when patients do not have enough skin to cover the exposed area.

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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Sarafina

Sarafina is a small scale farmer and a mother of six, with five living children. She shared with us that she attended school up to the first grade when she was young and since has farmed, while her husband is a retired soldier. They own a three-room semi-permanent house for shelter. Their oldest child is now 45 years old and dropped out of school due to mental illness while their youngest recently got married. Sarafina receives a little support from her children and relies on her farm produce to meet her daily needs. For two years, Sarafina has been experiencing lower abdominal pains along with itchy arms. She used herbal medication for the itching but she never got relief. She visited Rugarama Hospital and the scan showed uterine fibroids. Sarafina has stopped farming because she can no longer bend down, and has had to miss some follow-up appointments due to limited funds. Her symptoms have worsened and she has been diagnosed with large uterine leiomyoma. An exam revealed a cervical mass highly suspicious of cervical cancer. If not treated, Sarafina could develop chronic pelvic pain and there is a risk of cancer spreading, poor quality of life due to chronic pain and organ failure. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus, but her family cannot afford the surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $319 to fund Sarafina's surgery. On September 4th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Sarafina will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Sarafina says, “I pray that I may be considered for treatment because I am in severe pain and my condition could get worse. I hope to be normal again so that I may get back to farming and taking care of my family.”

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