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Sokhom is a 30-year-old father from Cambodia who needs $273 to fund treatment for a serious infection on his ankle.

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July 10, 2020

Sokhom is a 30-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He and his wife have been married for ten years and have two children together. His children recently started school. His wife farms alongside him, taking care of their pigs. Sokhom teaches his children everyday and helps them with their schoolwork. In his free time he also likes listening to the radio.

In early June 2020, he cut his ankle while working. He soon developed a rash and a skin infection around the cut. He went to a local clinic where they tried to clean and dress the wound, but the infection returned. His ankle is now swollen, painful, and has discharge being released from the wound.

When Sokhom learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for five hours seeking treatment. On July 10th, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure to to remove damaged skin and infected tissue from wound. Now, Sokhom needs help to fund this $273 procedure.

Sokhom said, “My ankle is too painful to walk and work to support my family, so I hope the doctors can easily treat the wound and make my foot healthy again.”

Sokhom is a 30-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He and his wife have been married for ten years and have two children together. His child...

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Sokhom's Timeline

  • July 10, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 10, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sokhom 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 11, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sokhom's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 20, 2020
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Sokhom is currently raising funds for his treatment.

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Treatment
Debridement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $273 for Sokhom's treatment
Hospital Fees
$65
Medical Staff
$160
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 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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