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Sothavy is a toddler from Cambodia who needs $448 to fund burn repair surgery.

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August 14, 2019

Sothavy is a two-year-old girl from Cambodia. She has two older brothers, and she enjoys watching television and playing games.

In February 2018, Sothavy was involved in an accident and burned both of her hands with hot water. The accident has left severe burns on both hands, fingers, and wrists, and the skin has since healed and tightened around her burn. It is difficult for her to move her fingers and hands.

When Sothavy learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for five hours seeking treatment. On August 14, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her regain movement in her fingers and hands and allow her to grow up with little difficulty from her accident. Now, she needs help to fund this $448 procedure.

Her mother says, “I hope that my daughter’s surgery goes well and she will be able to heal and her hands will look better and she will be able to move them again.”

Sothavy is a two-year-old girl from Cambodia. She has two older brothers, and she enjoys watching television and playing games. In Februa...

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Sothavy's Timeline

  • August 14, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 14, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sothavy 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 15, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sothavy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 16, 2019
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Sothavy is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Burn Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $448 for Sothavy'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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