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Success! Vireak from Cambodia raised $495 to fund burn contracture surgery on his right hand.

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Vireak's treatment was fully funded on September 30, 2022.

Photo of Vireak post-operation

November 17, 2022

Vireak underwent burn contracture surgery on his right hand.

Surgeons released Vireak’s burn contracture and repaired the dislocated joint. He spent several days in the hospital and then was able to return home. He will work with the physiotherapy team to learn how to improve his flexion and strength and will return for a check-up in a month or so. After his finger has healed, he will be able to perform daily activities again. He is happy he can use his finger to grasp objects and is no longer in pain.

Vireak’s mother said: “I was feeling so bad that my son’s finger would never be normal after his burn, but now I have hope he will have a good hand and be like other boys his age. Thank you! We are feeling very grateful for your help.”

Surgeons released Vireak's burn contracture and repaired the dislocated joint. He spent several days in the hospital and then was able to re...

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September 13, 2022

Vireak is a 15-year-old student in the 10th grade. He has a 17-year-old brother and an 11-year-old sister. His older brother works in a clothes factory, his sister is in public school in grade five. In school, math is his most favorite subject. Vireak’s parents are farmers and grow vegetables in Kandaal province. In his free time, he enjoys football, volleyball, singing songs, and listening to music.

At the tender age of seven, Vireak had an electric burn that badly injured his right hand. After the burn healed, the skin retracted, and bent his finger. The joint has become partially dislocated, and it is painful.

When Vireak’s family learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, they traveling there hoping for treatment. On September 13th, surgeons at our medical partner CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to relieve him of pain and allow him optimal use of his finger. Now, his family needs help to fund this $495 procedure.

Vireak shared: “I hope after the operation I can use my hand to hold things and my finger will look normal.”

Vireak is a 15-year-old student in the 10th grade. He has a 17-year-old brother and an 11-year-old sister. His older brother works in a clot...

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Vireak's Timeline

  • September 13, 2022

    Vireak was submitted by Ellen Interlandi, Volunteer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • September 13, 2022

    Vireak 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.

  • September 17, 2022

    Vireak's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 30, 2022

    Vireak's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 17, 2022

    Vireak's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Burn Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $495 for Vireak'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?

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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