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Success! Vutha from Cambodia raised $448 to fund burn contracture release surgery.

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Vutha's treatment was fully funded on November 1, 2020.

Photo of Vutha post-operation

December 27, 2019

Vutha underwent burn contracture release surgery.

Vutha’s surgery went well and he’s been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his fingers. Surgery allows Vutha to greatly improve his quality of life and to move and flex his fingers again, growing up without any difficulty.

“I am so happy that my son’s hand is able to heal after his treatment, and that he will be able to flex his fingers again.” -Vutha’s Father”

Vutha's surgery went well and he's been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his fingers. Surgery all...

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December 22, 2019

Vutha is a 21-month-old boy from Cambodia. He enjoys playing with his two older brothers, watching cartoons on television, and going to the market with his mother.

When Vutha was eleven months old, he accidentally came into contact with fire and burned his right hand. He is unable to open his hands and flex them properly, and cannot hold onto anything.

When Vutha’s family learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, they traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On December 23rd, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to help him use hand again. Now, he needs help to fund this $448 procedure.

“I hope my son recovers well after his surgery and is able to move his hand and fingers again.” -Vutha’s Mother

Vutha is a 21-month-old boy from Cambodia. He enjoys playing with his two older brothers, watching cartoons on television, and going to the ...

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Vutha's Timeline

  • December 22, 2019

    Vutha was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • December 23, 2019

    Vutha 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 23, 2019

    Vutha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 27, 2019

    Vutha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 1, 2020

    Vutha's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Burn Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $448 for Vutha'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?

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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