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Pisey is a 25-year-old woman from Cambodia who needs $487 to fund a surgery to heal an injury on her finger.

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October 20, 2022

Pisey is a 25-year-old clothing vendor from Cambodia. She has three siblings and is the last child in family. Her parent sell clothes at their local market to support their family.

Pisey had an infection on her right hand back in March. She has had two debridement procedures at another clinic, but it has not fully healed. Her scars have healed in such a way that it is difficult for her to use her finger, as the skin around her index finger had healed to be very tight. Now, she is seeking more help so that she’ll be able to use her finger and hand once again.

When Pisey learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled there hoping for treatment. On October 20th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her to use her finger easily again. Now, she needs help to fund this $487 procedure.

She said, “I hope after surgery my right finger is healed. I want no more infection, no pain, and to get back to working.”

Pisey is a 25-year-old clothing vendor from Cambodia. She has three siblings and is the last child in family. Her parent sell clothes at the...

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Pisey's Timeline

  • October 20, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 20, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Pisey was scheduled to receive 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.

  • October 25, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Pisey's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Pisey is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Pisey's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $487 for Pisey's treatment
Hospital Fees
$70
Medical Staff
$366
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?

Contractures are permanently shortened muscles or joints that occur most commonly in the elbow, ankle, knee, hip, and shoulder. As the muscle is unable to stretch, the affected area has considerably limited movement. Other symptoms include pain and inflammation.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

The inability to move the affected area impacts mobility and can reduce the patient’s ability to perform daily tasks independently.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Trauma is a major cause of contractures, and road traffic accidents—particularly with motorcycles—are pervasive in Cambodia. In addition, the longer that the contracture goes without treatment, the less chance there is of motion recovery; the lack of many surgical centers in Cambodia means that patients do not often present early for treatment.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Contracture release surgery aims to remove or cut the thickened scar tissue (fascia) and procedures vary depending on the joint affected. There are three main ways of treating a contracture: open fasciotomy, which cuts the fascia by cutting open the overlying skin; needle fasciotomy, which cuts through the fascia using a needle and without opening the skin; and open fasciectomy, which removes the fascia.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Surgical treatment of contracture restores movement to the affected area, allowing patients increased function and reduced pain.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

The surgery carries a small risk of infection and of damage to nearby tendons, blood vessels, and nerves. Postoperative complications include loss of flexion and hematoma.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

While some treatment for contractures can be available locally, certain contractures need surgery to restore motion. 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?

Physical therapy, splinting, and other exercises may be able to increase movement if the contracture is only in the muscles; joint contractures and contractures that do not respond to other treatments may require a surgery to restore function of the affected area.

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Miheretu

Miheretu is a sweet nine month old boy, who loves to play with his mother and other children. Miheretu's father works as a day laborer, while his mother stays at home to care for their children. Sadly, the family's income is insufficient to supply adequate food for the children, leaving Miheretu nutritionally deprived. Due to the concerns of his doctors, Miheretu underwent a colostomy for what was determined to be Hirschsprung's Disease. This is a condition that is present at birth, in which the baby's colon is missing necessary nerve cells. Without these cells, the muscles of Miheretu's gut cannot move contents through his colon, which can result in the contents backing up and causing a bowel blockage. After the colostomy, Miheretu's parents brought him back home, as they were unable to pay for the additional medical care that he needs. Thanks to the intervention of a local charitable organization, Miheretu was brought to BethanyKids Myungsung Christian Medical Centre, where on January 5th, doctors from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, will perform a Hirschsprung Pull Through. During this procedure, doctors will remove the damaged section of Miheretu's colon, which will alleviate the bowel obstruction, and allow for normal colon function. Miheretu's parents cannot afford the $1,500 cost of the surgery, and are looking to you for help. Miheretu's mother says: “If my child gets the surgery and recovers, I will give thanks to God in front of all church members and tell my testimony. I will take care of him to the best of my capacity. I want him to get an education and to get married one day.”

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