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

Chhun
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Chhun's treatment was fully funded on November 27, 2018.

Photo of Chhun post-operation

October 26, 2018

Chhun underwent burn repair surgery.

Chhun’s surgery went well and she’s been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in her toes. Surgery will allow Chhun to greatly improve her quality of life and allow her to walk without pain.

Her mother says, “I am very happy that my daughter can bend her fingers again. Many thanks for all of the support.”

Chhun's surgery went well and she's been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in her toes. Surgery will ...

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October 16, 2018

Chhun is a fourth grade student from Cambodia. She has two younger sisters. She likes to go for walks and play with her sisters.

When she was an infant, she accidentally burned her foot on a fire. Burn scar contractures have developed, tightening the skin around her burn. It is difficult for her to wear shoes and walk normally.

When Chhun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for five hours seeking treatment. On October 17, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to help her walk easily again. Now, she needs help to fund this $448 procedure.

Her father says, “I hope my daughter’s surgery goes well and she can walk easily.”

Chhun is a fourth grade student from Cambodia. She has two younger sisters. She likes to go for walks and play with her sisters. When she...

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Chhun's Timeline

  • October 16, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 17, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chhun 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.

  • October 19, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chhun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 26, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chhun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 27, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chhun's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

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Treatment
Burn Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $448 for Chhun'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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Nay Kaw is an 11-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his parents, two older brothers and two younger sisters in a village in Karen State. Nay Kaw and his sister are both students. He is a grade one student since leaving the monkhood last year. His father is a farmer. Nay Kaw was born with a small mass on his right wrist. Once Nay Kaw's mother was able to save up and send him to Mae Tao Clinic for treatment in Thailand, Nay Kaw had the mass surgically removed in July at Mae Sot Hospital. After surgery, the biopsy revealed that the mass was caused by a hemangioma. As a result of this, the doctor referred him for further treatment in nearby Chiang Mai. Since his surgery, the pain in his wrist has decreased. However, if something touches his right wrist or if he has to carry something heavy in his right hand, he is in a lot of pain. Doctors want Nay Kaw to undergo an MRI, an imaging procedure that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of bodily organs. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $814 to cover the cost of Nay Kaw's MRI and care, scheduled for October 8th. "I want my right hand to be normal and I do not want to have an unusually large wrist," he said. "If the pain in my hand decreases, I will help my mother with the housework. If my hand will be without pain and I will be able to play with my friends at school, I will be happy with my friends again. In the future I will go school and become a good person."

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$368raised
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