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Success! Rathana from Cambodia raised $448 to fund burn repair surgery.

Rathana
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  • $448 raised, $0 to go
$448
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Rathana's treatment was fully funded on November 5, 2017.

Photo of Rathana post-operation

October 10, 2017

Rathana underwent burn repair surgery.

Rathana’s surgery went well and he’s doing physiotherapy as he recovers. The doctors were able to release the scar tissue, which will allow for greatly improved movement of his arm.

His mother says, “Thanks for helping my son.”

Rathana's surgery went well and he's doing physiotherapy as he recovers. The doctors were able to release the scar tissue, which will allow ...

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October 3, 2017

Rathana is a student from Cambodia. He loves action movies and playing soccer. He wants to become a policeman in the future.

When Rathana was five years old, he was accidentally burned by boiling water in his home. Burn scar contractures have developed, tightening the skin around his arm and armpit, making it difficult to lift his arm, and limiting his mobility.

When Rathana learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On October 3, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him improve the function and mobility in his arm. Now, he needs help to fund this $448 procedure.

He says, “I hope I can move my arm normally.”

Rathana is a student from Cambodia. He loves action movies and playing soccer. He wants to become a policeman in the future. When Rathana...

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Rathana's Timeline

  • October 3, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Rathana was submitted by Anne McMurrey, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • October 03, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rathana received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre.

  • October 03, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rathana's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 10, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Rathana's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 05, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Rathana's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Burn Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $448 for Rathana's treatment
Hospital Fees
$160
Medical Staff
$240
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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