Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

Leap is a mom-of-four from Cambodia who needs $474 to fund burn treatment on her ankle.

Leap
48%
  • $228 raised, $246 to go
$228
raised
$246
to go
Dedicate my donation


We'll send your dedicatee an email
about your gift, along with updates
about Leap's recovery.

March 5, 2020

Leap is a 44-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has been married for 29 years and has two sons and two daughters. When she has free time, she enjoys watching television, listening to music, and cooking for her family.

Three years ago, Leap had an accident and burned her right ankle with fire. Her injuries have still not healed properly, and she often has pain and swelling near her burn.

When Leap learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 5th, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to remove the affected burn tissue and replace it with healthy skin, allowing her to feel comfortable and walk without pain. Now, Leap needs help to fund this $474 procedure.

“I hope that my skin graft surgery goes well and I will be able to walk well again,” she said.

Leap is a 44-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has been married for 29 years and has two sons and two daughters. When she has free tim...

Read more

Leap's Timeline

  • March 5, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Leap was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • March 05, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Leap 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.

  • March 05, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Leap's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 26, 2020
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Leap's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Leap is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Skin Graft
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $474 for Leap'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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.