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Success! Monny from Cambodia raised $495 to fund burn contracture release surgery so he can use his hand again.

Monny
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  • $495 raised, $0 to go
$495
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Monny's treatment was fully funded on October 21, 2022.

Photo of Monny post-operation

November 1, 2022

Monny underwent burn contracture release surgery so he can use his hand again.

Monny’s burn contractures were released and a full-thickness skin graft was applied to replace damaged skin. While he was in the hospital, he made several new friends and enjoyed running around the playground soon after his surgery!

He stayed in the hospital until surgeons were confident his skin graft was healing well, then he returned home with his grandmother. Monny will return to the hospital in two weeks for a post-operative check-up. When his hand has officially healed, he will be able to use it to grasp objects and feed himself.

Monny’s grandmother said, “We are hopeful Monny’s burns will be fixed, and he will look like other children. No one will make fun of him, and he can have a normal life. I am grateful to the CSC staff and everyone who made his operation possible; we would not have been able to afford this care. Thank you to everyone.”

Monny's burn contractures were released and a full-thickness skin graft was applied to replace damaged skin. While he was in the hospital, h...

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August 9, 2022

Monny is an adorable 15-month-old baby boy from Cambodia who loves to play with his toys. He has an older sister who is ten years old and in 4th grade. Their parents are garment factory workers in the city, so Monny and his sister currently live with their grandparents in the province and see their parents once a month.

This past April, Monny’s left hand and foot were burned by fire while he was playing. Although his foot has healed well, burn scar contractures have developed on his hand. These contractures occur when the scar matures, thickens, and tightens the skin surrounding it. This hinders mobility, meaning Monny has difficulty using his hand.

When his family learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), they traveled for thirty minutes seeking treatment. On August 9th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help Monny use hand again. Now, his family needs help to fund this $495 procedure.

Monny’s family hopes his skin will heal and he can use his hand again.

Monny is an adorable 15-month-old baby boy from Cambodia who loves to play with his toys. He has an older sister who is ten years old and in...

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Monny's Timeline

  • August 9, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 9, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Monny 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.

  • August 9, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Monny's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 21, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Monny's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 1, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Monny's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Burn Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $495 for Monny's treatment
Hospital Fees
$171
Medical Staff
$273
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • 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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