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Success! Srey Leak from Cambodia raised $194 so she can use her hand again.

Srey Leak
  • $194 raised, $0 to go
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Srey Leak's treatment was fully funded on November 13, 2016.

Photo of Srey Leak post-operation

November 17, 2016

Srey Leak successfully was treated for burn complications.

When Srey Leak was one-year-old, she was burned on her right hand. This caused the skin on her hands to contract and scar, making it difficult for her to use her hands and hold anything.

Srey Leak’s treatment went well! After her surgery, she had two weeks of physiotherapy before going back home with her mother. Today, her wound has healed and she feels no pain. She can hold and carry things better than before, and is now able to return to school.

“I am happy. I now have normal fingers that look much better than before,” shares Srey Leak. “Thank you for helping me.”

When Srey Leak was one-year-old, she was burned on her right hand. This caused the skin on her hands to contract and scar, making it difficu...

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October 11, 2016

Srey Leak is a 10-year-old girl from Cambodia who is in the 3rd grade. She has one brother and two sisters. Srey Leak likes to stay at home, read books, and watch the song channel on TV. A doctor in Siem Reap Province told Srey Leak’s family about Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). She traveled for seven hours with her mother to reach CSC for treatment.

Four of Srey Leak’s fingers on her right hand were burned when she was just one year old. She was treated in Kuntha Bopha Hospital in Siem Reap, but she still experiences pain and it is difficult for her to use her right fingers.

For $194, surgeons at CSC will perform contracture release surgery to release the scarred tissue. This will allow Srey Leak to freely move her fingers and she can go back to school to continue her studies.

Srey Leak is a 10-year-old girl from Cambodia who is in the 3rd grade. She has one brother and two sisters. Srey Leak likes to stay at home,...

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Srey Leak's Timeline

  • October 11, 2016

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

  • October 11, 2016

    Srey Leak 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.

  • October 14, 2016

    Srey Leak's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 13, 2016

    Srey Leak's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 17, 2016

    Srey Leak's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Burn Contracture Release Surgery
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  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $194 for Srey Leak's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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