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

  • $477 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Vireak's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2020.

Photo of Vireak post-operation

January 3, 2021

Vireak underwent a burn contracture release surgery.

Our medical partner CSC surgeons performed a burn contracture release bilaterally on Vireak’s hands. His hands were burned and contractures had formed on the wounds, not allowing him to use his hands to eat or pick up things. After his surgery, Vireak’s surgical site is healing well and soon he will be able to use both hands normally.

His parents felt very sad because of the mistake that they feel caused the accident, and they could not work because they were caring for him. They told us after surgery, “we are happy for him that he will be able to use his hands normally.”

Our medical partner CSC surgeons performed a burn contracture release bilaterally on Vireak's hands. His hands were burned and contractures ...

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December 2, 2020

Vireak is a 1-year-old baby boy from Cambodia. He is the first child in his family. Vireak’s mother works in a factory, and his father is a farmer who also sells plastic materials. Vireak enjoys playing with toys, eating, sleeping, and watching cartoons on a phone.

In May, Vireak was burned by hot water on both of his hands. He received treatment in the aftermath of the burn at a hospital for 20 days. Now, he still has scar contractures on the middle finger of his right hand and the middle and ring finger of his left hand. These burn contractures make it difficult for him to move his fingers and hands normally. A contracture release and full thickness skin graft procedure will be performed on both hands to alleviate this problem.

When Vireak learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), his family traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On December 2nd, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to allow him to use his hands again. Now, he needs help to fund this $477 procedure.

Vireak’s mother shared. “I am worried his hand will get worse if we can not fix this now. I hope he does not need any more operations.”

Vireak is a 1-year-old baby boy from Cambodia. He is the first child in his family. Vireak's mother works in a factory, and his father is a ...

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Vireak's Timeline

  • December 2, 2020

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

  • December 2, 2020

    Vireak 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.

  • December 3, 2020

    Vireak's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 31, 2020

    Vireak's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 3, 2021

    Vireak's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Burn Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $477 for Vireak's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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