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Success! Lak from Cambodia raised $273 to fund treatment for an infection and fracture in his leg.

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Lak's treatment was fully funded on November 30, 2020.

Photo of Lak post-operation

March 26, 2020

Lak underwent treatment for an infection and fracture in his leg.

Lak’s operation went well, and in two weeks, he will have his stitches removed. Lak’s surgery was able to improve his quality of life by treating his injuries and preventing further infection. Surgery was important to ensure Lak does not further the worsening of his condition and can continue taking care of his family.

“I am so glad I am able to return to work again and I can walk easily without any pain,” shared Lak.

Lak's operation went well, and in two weeks, he will have his stitches removed. Lak's surgery was able to improve his quality of life by tre...

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March 4, 2020

Lak is a 41-year old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has been married for 23 years and has three sons and one daughter. His favorite pastimes include feeding the chickens and pigs near his home, planting vegetables, and watching boxing on television.

In November of 2019, Lak was hit by a vehicle and fractured his left leg. After receiving initial treatment at a nearby hospital, Lak still experiences swelling and pain in his leg, and he is unable to walk easily on his own.

When Lak learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On March 4th, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure to remove the infected skin from his injuries and to fit Lak with hardware that will allow his fracture to heal. Now, Lak needs help to fund this $273 procedure.

He shared, “I hope that surgery will fix the bone in my leg and I will no longer have any pain or swelling and can walk well again.”

Lak is a 41-year old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has been married for 23 years and has three sons and one daughter. His favorite pastimes ...

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Lak's Timeline

  • March 4, 2020

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

  • March 04, 2020

    Lak 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.

  • March 04, 2020

    Lak's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 26, 2020

    Lak's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 30, 2020

    Lak's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $273 for Lak's treatment
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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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