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Success! Meas from Cambodia raised $787 to fund surgery on his scalp.

Meas
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  • $787 raised, $0 to go
$787
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Meas's treatment was fully funded on October 21, 2020.

Photo of Meas post-operation

October 16, 2020

Meas underwent surgery on his scalp.

Meas’ procedure was successful. His stitches were removed ten days after surgery, and the skin has taken well without any complications. He will continue to receive treatment until his wound has healed. Once he has fully recovered, he will no longer be in pain and will not be at risk of any infections. He will be able to return to work safely.

Meas said, “I am so thankful that Children’s Surgical Centre could help me with this bad injury. My head has no pain and I can touch it again. I will return to work soon to help support my family.”

Meas' procedure was successful. His stitches were removed ten days after surgery, and the skin has taken well without any complications. He ...

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August 6, 2020

Meas is a 17-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He has two older brothers and one young sister. His parents are farmers. In addition to his construction work, he helps his parents with their farming. In his free time he enjoys playing soccer and listening to music.

In July 2020, Meas was burned on his head during an electrical accident at a worksite. He has developed an infected wound on his scalp and is in constant pain.

When Meas learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. On August 6th, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin flap procedure to to close the wound in his head and allow his burn to heal properly. Now, he needs help to fund this $787 procedure.

Meas shared, “Since my injury I cannot work or help my family and they are worried about me, so I hope I recover quickly so that I can work again.”

Meas is a 17-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He has two older brothers and one young sister. His parents are farmers. In additio...

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Meas's Timeline

  • August 6, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 06, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Meas 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.

  • August 07, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Meas's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 16, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Meas's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 21, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Meas's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Severe Burn Treatment
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $787 for Meas's treatment
Hospital Fees
$160
Medical Staff
$579
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?

Patients have severe burns that develop infections. Patients cannot move easily and are in pain, preventing them from working. Burns may cause changes in physical appearance. Severe burns can be acid burns, gas fire burns, and electrical burns. These burns typically cover large portions of skin across multiple limbs.

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

Intentional attack burns are meant to disfigure and maim victims for life, so the social impacts of their burns are severe. Families may be heavily impacted by the attack, and victims may be socially isolated or have difficulty finding work.

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

Acid is widely available in Cambodia, with little or no regulation. It is commonly used in car and motorbike batteries, rubber processing, and jewelry making.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Severe burn victims stay at Children's Surgical Centre for up to three months, undergoing multiple surgeries to treat the burned skin. During the first 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?

The patient's infections will be treated, the skin will be healed, and he or she will enjoy improved confidence.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

These treatments are low-risk.

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

Severe burn treatments are available at burn units in Cambodia. However, because treatment requires a long hospital stay, the bill can become very expensive. When a patient cannot pay, he or she may be expelled from the hospital in the middle of a treatment plan.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Treatment outside of a hospital environment is very dangerous and can cause serious infections.

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