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Success! Sokchea from Cambodia raised $273 to fund surgery to help him walk and work again.

Sokchea
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  • $273 raised, $0 to go
$273
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sokchea's treatment was fully funded on January 27, 2022.

Photo of Sokchea post-operation

February 9, 2022

Sokchea underwent surgery to help him walk and work again.

Sokchea had several procedures at Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) to repair his damaged and infected foot. After his debridement, he had a successful skin graft that will replace the injured area with healthy skin. This will allow his foot to heal completely. His pain and his infection are finally gone, and he looks forward to being able to walk again. This will allow him to return home, look for another job, and be active again.

Sokchea’s parents said: “We are so happy that we learned about CSC for Sokchea. He was told by another hospital they would have to cut off his foot, but his foot is better, and he will be home soon. Thank you to the CSC staff for saving my son’s foot, and thank you to the donors who supported us.”

Sokchea had several procedures at Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) to repair his damaged and infected foot. After his debridement, he had a ...

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December 15, 2021

Sokchea is a 20-year-old factory worker. He lives with his parents, who work as farmers, and an older sister, who works in a clothes factory. Sokchea can no longer work due to an injury and stays home to help his mother in the house. In his free time, Sokchea enjoys playing games on his phone.

In August, Sokchea was in a motorcycle-car crash and fractured several bones in his left foot. He went to a local hospital, where he received pins to heal his fracture. However, the site has become badly infected, and the bone is exposed. As a result, Sokchea is experiencing intense pain and cannot walk.

When Sokchea learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On December 15th, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure to clean up the necrotic skin and allow surgeons to apply a skin graft in the future. CSC is requesting $273 to fund his procedure.

Sokchea shared, “I hope that after this surgery I will be able to walk again and can go back to work.”

Sokchea is a 20-year-old factory worker. He lives with his parents, who work as farmers, and an older sister, who works in a clothes factory...

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Sokchea's Timeline

  • December 15, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 15, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sokchea 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 16, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sokchea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 27, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sokchea's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 9, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sokchea's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Debridement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $273 for Sokchea's treatment
Hospital Fees
$65
Medical Staff
$160
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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