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Success! Sokhorn from Cambodia raised $262 to fund repair surgery.

Sokhorn
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  • $262 raised, $0 to go
$262
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sokhorn's treatment was fully funded on April 22, 2019.

Photo of Sokhorn post-operation

March 6, 2019

Sokhorn underwent repair surgery.

Sokhorn’s surgery went well and he’s been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his leg. Surgery will allow Sokhorn to greatly improve his quality of life and allow him to walk and work without pain.

He says, “I am happy that the operation was a success and that I am now able to walk without difficulty or pain.”

Sokhorn's surgery went well and he's been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his leg. Surgery will ...

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February 17, 2019

Sokhorn is a 65-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has nine children and six grandchildren, and enjoys growing vegetables and cooking for his grandkids.

In 1980, Sokhorn suffered a gun shot wound to his thigh that now has caused the bone to become infected. He experiences pain and difficulty moving his leg.

When Sokhorn learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On February 18, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure. This surgery will remove the damaged and infected tissue surrounding the bone. Now, Sokhorn needs help to fund this $262 procedure.

He says, “After surgery, I hope that I am no longer in any pain, can walk well, bend my knee, and can continue working.”

Sokhorn is a 65-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has nine children and six grandchildren, and enjoys growing vegetables and cooking fo...

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Sokhorn's Timeline

  • February 17, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sokhorn was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • February 18, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sokhorn 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.

  • February 19, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sokhorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 06, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sokhorn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 22, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sokhorn's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Debridement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $262 for Sokhorn's treatment
Hospital Fees
$65
Medical Staff
$149
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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