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Success! Panha from Cambodia raised $477 to fund life-changing surgery so he can use his hand again.

Panha
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  • $477 raised, $0 to go
$477
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Panha's treatment was fully funded on August 16, 2022.

Photo of Panha post-operation

September 6, 2022

Panha underwent life-changing surgery so he can use his hand again.

Panha had been depressed that he could not work due to his severe burns, so he was thrilled there was a procedure that could help him return to his former active self. After his surgery Panha spent several days in the hospital until surgeons were sure he was fully healed, he was then he was able to return home. He worked with the physiotherapy team to learn how to strengthen his muscles. After his hand has fully healed, he will be able to perform daily activities again and hopes to find another construction job to make money for his family.

Panha’s mother said: “we were so worried that Panha could not have a good life as a young man with his burns, but are relieved that the surgeons were able to fix his hands. He is much more positive about his future, and it is because of the generosity of strangers who helped to pay for his care. Thank you also to the hospital staff that took good care of him.”

Panha had been depressed that he could not work due to his severe burns, so he was thrilled there was a procedure that could help him return...

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April 4, 2022

Panha is a 22-year-old construction worker and the youngest of his three siblings. His parents are farmers in the Kampong Thom province, which is known for its bountiful rice and mango harvests. In his free time, Panha enjoys playing games on his phone, listening to music, and watching TV.

In August, Panha was burned at work while dealing with high electric voltage. His family took him to a local clinic for medical treatment and dressing; however, he still developed contractures. As a result, Panha’s hand and joints are stiff, and the muscles have atrophied. He is in constant pain and unable to hold things, limiting his ability to perform daily tasks like eating, dressing, or riding his motorbike. Surgeons determined Panha needs to undergo a scar contracture release and receive a flap of healthy skin in order for his hand to fully heal.

When Panha learned that our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), could help, he traveled there hoping to receive treatment. On April 4th, surgeons will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him use his hand again and start the process to strengthen his muscles. CSC is requesting $477 to help fund this procedure, which is also subsidized by $100 that Panha was able to gather.

Panha shared, “After surgery, I hope the wound will heal, and I can use my hands to work and support my family.”

Panha is a 22-year-old construction worker and the youngest of his three siblings. His parents are farmers in the Kampong Thom province, whi...

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Panha's Timeline

  • April 4, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 4, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Panha 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.

  • April 5, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Panha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 16, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Panha's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 6, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Panha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Burn Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $477 for Panha's treatment
Hospital Fees
$161
Medical Staff
$268
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?

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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.