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Success! Ratha from Cambodia raised $273 to fund wound debridement to help him walk again.

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Ratha's treatment was fully funded on August 22, 2021.

Photo of Ratha post-operation

July 1, 2021

Ratha underwent wound debridement to help him walk again.

The infected tissue was successfully removed from Ratha’s ankle and he is finally feeling hope restored. He remained at the hospital until the surgeons were sure he would have no further complications. After being given antibiotics to reduce the chance of reinfection, Ratha returned home to his province. At home, he will follow instructions from the physiotherapy team to slowly increase the weight on his affected leg and attend properly to his wound.

Ratha is very happy that his ankle is improving, and is happy that he can return to work soon. Smiling, Ratha shares, “Thank you to the donors who helped me fix my ankle. I will no longer have to miss work, I can play football again, and help to support my family.”

The infected tissue was successfully removed from Ratha's ankle and he is finally feeling hope restored. He remained at the hospital until t...

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May 21, 2021

Ratha is a 29-year-old construction worker. He has one brother and one sister, and he lives with his parents. His father also works in construction and his mother is a rice farmer. In his free time, Ratha enjoys playing football, singing songs, and spending time with friends.

Earlier this month, Ratha was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a wound to his right ankle. He did not go to a hospital after the accident; instead he went home and took medicine from a local pharmacy. His ankle became infected, and now Ratha experiences pain, wound discharge, and he cannot walk.

When Ratha learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled there seeking treatment. On May 21st, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure to remove damaged and infected tissue from the wound. Now, Ratha needs help to fund this $273 procedure.

Ratha shared, “I am happy that I can receive an operation here. I hope the wound will heal quickly and I can return to work.”

Ratha is a 29-year-old construction worker. He has one brother and one sister, and he lives with his parents. His father also works in const...

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Ratha's Timeline

  • May 21, 2021

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

  • May 21, 2021

    Ratha 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 24, 2021

    Ratha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 1, 2021

    Ratha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 22, 2021

    Ratha's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $273 for Ratha's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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