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Success! Deng from Cambodia raised $474 to fund a skin graft procedure.

Deng
100%
  • $474 raised, $0 to go
$474
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Deng's treatment was fully funded on November 19, 2021.

Photo of Deng post-operation

August 8, 2021

Deng underwent a skin graft procedure.

Deng was involved in an accident which left him with chronic pain from an infection. He needed a skin graft, and he was finally able to receive care. Deng was able to return home after surgeons determined that he was healing properly. Due to the success of the procedure, he will no longer have a chronic infection and pain, and he will be able to walk again. The surgeons look forward to seeing him again in several months to track his improvements and make sure he fully heals.

Deng said: “I’m so happy with the results, and have hope that my leg will be free of pain and I can work to help support my life and my family. Thank you to CSC for improving my health.”

Deng was involved in an accident which left him with chronic pain from an infection. He needed a skin graft, and he was finally able to rece...

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July 6, 2021

Deng is a 18-year-old student who lives with his mother and his three siblings. His mother works at a local restaurant and in town as a cleaner. His older brother is a construction worker, and Deng plans to start working along side him soon to help support his family. In his free time, he likes to play soccer with his friends.

In May, Deng was in a motor vehicle accident, where he injured his right ankle. His wound was dressed at a clinic, but now has become infected. Deng experiences constant pain and it is difficult for him to walk.

When Deng learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled across the country for six hours seeking treatment. On July 6th, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to help him walk easily again. Now, Deng needs help to fund this $474 procedure.

Deng shared, “I hope that I can heal quickly and begin work with my brother, so I can make more money for my family.”

Deng is a 18-year-old student who lives with his mother and his three siblings. His mother works at a local restaurant and in town as a clea...

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Deng's Timeline

  • July 6, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 6, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Deng 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.

  • July 7, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Deng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Deng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 19, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Deng's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Skin Graft
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $474 for Deng's treatment
Hospital Fees
$118
Medical Staff
$308
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?

A variety of injuries related to extensive skin loss can necessitate a skin graft. These include large open wounds, infection, and third degree burns. Additionally, surgeries such as removal of skin cancers require skin grafts to heal.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients who have injuries that are in need of a skin graft are in compromised health and at risk of infection from bacteria or viruses entering through the open wound.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Road traffic accidents— particularly with motorcycles—are a common cause of injuries in Cambodia and can often result in surgeries that involve a skin graft. The use of open stoves additionally can increase risk of burns, especially in children.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Skin grafting involves covering the affected area with healthy skin from a donor site. In a split-thickness skin graft, the top two layers of the donor skin, or the graft, are transplanted and attached by staples or stitches, and the donor-area is covered with a dressing. For injuries with deeper tissue loss, a full-thickness skin graft may be used, which transplants a full flap of skin, including the muscles and blood supply, and is a more complicated procedure. Prior to the skin transfer, debridement may be needed to remove dead or damaged skin. Following a skin graft surgery, patients will remain at the hospital for 1-2 weeks for follow-up care.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

By replacing damaged or missing skin with a skin graft, the patient’s risk of disease-causing bacteria or viruses entering the body are decreased; the graft also aids in fluid loss prevention and temperature regulation, improving the overall health of the patient.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

One risk of skin grafting is graft failure, caused commonly by blood collecting in the tissues, which necessitates a repeat graft. Other risks include infection, chronic pain, and wound contracture. Potential side effects are scarring, skin discoloration, or reduced skin sensation.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Injuries in need of skin grafts require surgical operation; affordable surgical care is not very accessible, and so patients travel as much as twelve hours to reach Children's Surgical Centre for free surgery, arriving by bus, motorbike, or taxi.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The skin grafts performed at Children’s Surgical Centre are autographs, or grafts of the patient’s own skin. Alternatives to this include artificial skin grafts, which are used when patients do not have enough skin to cover the exposed area.

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