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Success! Och from Cambodia raised $477 to fund a burn contracture release surgery.

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Och's treatment was fully funded on February 25, 2021.

Photo of Och post-operation

February 26, 2021

Och underwent a burn contracture release surgery.

Och traveled three hours to our medical partner CSC where surgeons performed two surgeries to help treat his burns. His first surgery consisted of debridement and release of contractures from his left wrist and left knee. A week later, he returned to surgery to have a split thickness skin graft for his wrist and knee wounds. This delicate procedure entails removing a thin layer of skin from one part of the body (called a donor site) and using it to close the surgical site that needs to be covered (the recipient site). Och continues to heal well. He is able to use his hand, he can dress himself, and is able to walk. He is very happy that he is able to return to work soonto support his family.

He told us with new confidence and a big smile, “My hand is better and I can carry things, eat, or change clothes.”

Och traveled three hours to our medical partner CSC where surgeons performed two surgeries to help treat his burns. His first surgery consis...

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December 1, 2020

Och is a 33-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He has two brothers and two sisters. Och has been married for 10 years and is a father to two sons. His first son is a monk, and his second son is studying in primary school. In his free time, Och shared that he enjoys watching TV.

In May 2020, Och was electrocuted at work, sustaining burns on his hand and leg. He feels pain at the wound sites and cannot walk well or hold objects. Due to the burn contractures on his body, he is unable to work and support his family.

When Och learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On December 1st, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to allow the skin to heal so he can regain function and return to work. Now, he needs help to fund this $477 procedure.

Och shared, “I hope after surgery I can use my hand normally and be able to walk again without pain.”

Och is a 33-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He has two brothers and two sisters. Och has been married for 10 years and is a fath...

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Och's Timeline

  • December 1, 2020

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

  • December 01, 2020

    Och 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.

  • December 03, 2020

    Och's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 25, 2021

    Och's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 26, 2021

    Och's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Burn Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $477 for Och'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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Pendo is a twenty-one-year-old mother from Tanzania. She has two children aged two and a half years and one and a half years. In 2018, Pendo was involved in a fire accident. She had boiled water to give her two children warm baths. As she was bathing the youngest child close to the fire, she had an epileptic attack and fell down on the fire, leaving her unconscious and her right hand burned badly. Her firstborn child ran for help, and the neighbors rushed her to the hospital. There, Pendo had her burns cleaned and was advised to have them regularly dressed to help the wounds heal. However, after returning home, she never came back for more dressings due to financial challenges. Pendo sought treatment via herbal medicines instead, and her healing process was very slow. Eventually, Pendo's parents came to help take care of her and her children. She heard about our medical partner's care center from them, and sought treatment to correct her hand. Through Watsi donor support, Pendo was able to successfully undergo treatment to have her wrist contractures released and pins inserted in her hand. Because of how her wounds are healing, doctors recommend she have another surgery to help cover up her post-surgical wound with a skin graft. Pendo appeals for financial help for the care she needs. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Pendo receive treatment. On January 15th, surgeons at their care center will perform a split-thickness skin graft burn surgery. Once recovered, she will be able to use her hand much more easily and return to taking care of her children. Now, she needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Pendo shared, “My hand is now much better than before, though this wound is not healing well. This surgery will help in my healing, but I cannot afford it so I appreciate any help you can provide."

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