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Success! Puthi from Cambodia raised $273 to fund facial surgery.

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Puthi's treatment was fully funded on December 19, 2020.

Photo of Puthi post-operation

January 6, 2021

Puthi underwent facial surgery.

Puthi and his parents traveled to our medical partner CSC where surgeons performed a complex procedure designed to remove the osteonecrosis of the maxilla on Puthi’s face and close his skin defect. Our partner shared that Puthi was a brave boy during all of this and was in a lot of pain when he came to the hospital.

After treatment and a course of antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection, he is already feeling better. At a later date, specialty surgeons may need to perform an orbital reconstruction, but right now he is happy to be home with no more nose bleeds.

His parents were grateful for his treatment and his mom shared, “I am happy after surgery was successful and I hope life will better if it stops the infection and closes the wound.”

Puthi and his parents traveled to our medical partner CSC where surgeons performed a complex procedure designed to remove the osteonecrosis ...

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December 7, 2020

Puthi is an eight-year-old boy from Cambodia. He’s a student in 3rd grade and enjoys reading books. His father is a chef and his mother sells items at the local market. Puthi has one younger brother who he enjoys playing football with.

In July 2020, Puthi had a relentless nosebleed. His family sought medical help and the only solution was continually packing Puthi’s nose with gauze. This stopped the bleeding but a piece of gauze was left inside the nose and two days later the area began swelling from his nose to his left eye. He was referred to a government hospital to rule out a blood disease. He underwent surgery to remove the gauze, and testing ruled out blood diseases but the left side of his face is still very swollen.

When Puthi’s family learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, they traveled there hoping for treatment. On December 7th, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure to treat his nose and lower eyelid. Now, Puthi’s family needs help to fund this $273 procedure. They are hopeful that he will be better soon.

Puthi is an eight-year-old boy from Cambodia. He's a student in 3rd grade and enjoys reading books. His father is a chef and his mother sell...

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Puthi's Timeline

  • December 7, 2020

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

  • December 7, 2020

    Puthi 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.

  • December 8, 2020

    Puthi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 19, 2020

    Puthi's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 6, 2021

    Puthi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $273 for Puthi's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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