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Success! Pharatt from Cambodia raised $477 to fund burn contracture surgery on his hand.

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Pharatt's treatment was fully funded on March 31, 2021.

Photo of Pharatt post-operation

March 30, 2021

Pharatt underwent burn contracture surgery on his hand.

Surgeons were able to successfully release the contracture on Pharatt’s finger. After the sutures heal, Pharatt will start physiotherapy and his hand should return to normal functioning within a few weeks. He looks forward to playing with his friends and holding things with his hand!

Pharatt’s parents shared that they are happy about the outcome. They want to thank the CSC (Children’s Surgical Centre) staff for helping their son have a normal hand again.

Surgeons were able to successfully release the contracture on Pharatt's finger. After the sutures heal, Pharatt will start physiotherapy and...

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February 4, 2021

Pharatt is a 7-year-old student in grade one. He has two siblings, one brother, and one sister, and is the middle child in his family. His mother is a factory worker and his father is a construction worker in Thailand. He lives with his mother and with his grandparents. He likes playing with toys with his siblings, painting, watching TV, and playing games on his mother’s phone.

When he was one year old, he was burned on his left finger. His family took him to a clinic for treatment, but he now has burn scar contractures that do not allow him to fully use his hand. The contractures tighten the skin around his finger and it is difficult for him to hold anything. His parents are also worried about how it looks to others and how he might be treated because of his burn.

When Pharatt’s family learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, they traveled there hoping for treatment. On February 4th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to help him be able to use his hand and hold things easily. Now, their family needs help to fund this $477 procedure.

Pharatt’s mother hopes that her son’s finger will better after surgery and he can finally use his finger more easily than now.

Pharatt is a 7-year-old student in grade one. He has two siblings, one brother, and one sister, and is the middle child in his family. His m...

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Pharatt's Timeline

  • February 4, 2021

    Pharatt was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • February 4, 2021

    Pharatt received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • February 5, 2021

    Pharatt's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 30, 2021

    Pharatt's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 31, 2021

    Pharatt's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Burn Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $477 for Pharatt'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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