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Success! Bunthoeun from Cambodia raised $273 to fund debridement treatment for an open fracture.

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Bunthoeun's treatment was fully funded on December 2, 2020.

Photo of Bunthoeun post-operation

March 30, 2020

Bunthoeun underwent debridement treatment for an open fracture.

Bunthoeun had successful debridement treatment for his leg. The medical team shared that the wound has good granulation, and doctors will soon do a skin graft on the fracture site. This will help him heal successfully and walk again without pain. He will have a productive life ahead following treatment.

Bunthoeun shared, “I am walking comfortably now and am happy to see my leg improving more each day.”

Bunthoeun had successful debridement treatment for his leg. The medical team shared that the wound has good granulation, and doctors will so...

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March 17, 2020

Bunthoeun is a 31-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He has a three-year-old daughter, and he enjoys taking care of the house, feeding the farm animals, and looking after his daughter.

In January 2020, Bunthoeun was in a motorcycle accident and ended up with an open fracture to his right leg. He received initial treatment for his injuries, but his wounds have now become infected. His leg is swollen and painful, and he cannot walk easily.

When Bunthoeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On March 17th, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure. Treatment will help his wounds heal and he will be able to walk again without pain. Now, Bunthoeun needs help to fund this $273 procedure.

He shared, “I hope that my wound heals and I no longer have an infection and I can walk without pain.”

Bunthoeun is a 31-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He has a three-year-old daughter, and he enjoys taking care of the house, feed...

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Bunthoeun's Timeline

  • March 17, 2020

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

  • March 17, 2020

    Bunthoeun 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.

  • March 17, 2020

    Bunthoeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 30, 2020

    Bunthoeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 02, 2020

    Bunthoeun's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

  • Cost Breakdown
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On average, it costs $273 for Bunthoeun's treatment
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  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A variety of injuries related to extensive skin loss and the cause of wounds can necessitate a debridement procedure. These include large open wounds, infection, and third degree burns.

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

Patients who have injuries that are in need of a debridement are in compromised health and at risk of infection from bacteria or viruses entering through the open wound.

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

Road traffic accidents—particularly with motorcycles—and hot water or fire burns are common causes of injuries in Cambodia and can often result in surgeries that involve debridement.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Debridement is done using scalpels, forceps, scissors and other instruments for large wounds that have deep tissue damage. First, the skin surrounding the wound is cleaned and disinfected. After determining the depth of the wound, the dead tissue is cut away and the wound is washed out to remove any free tissue. It may take the wound many weeks to heal. However, following a debridement procedure, patients will remain at the hospital for only one week for follow-up care.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

By removing unhealthy tissue from a wound, the wound is able to heal more easily and it reduces the patient’s risk of disease-causing bacteria or viruses entering the body, improving the overall health of the patient.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Debridement procedures come with minor possible complications that include pain, bleeding, infection, and delayed healing.

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

Severe injuries in need of debridement procedures require surgical operation; affordable surgical care is not very accessible, and so patients travel as much as twelve hours to reach Children's Surgical Centre for free surgery, arriving by bus, motorbike, or taxi.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Alternatives to surgical debridement include chemical debridement (applying a debriding medication to the wound), mechanical debridement (involves a whirlpool bath, a syringe and catheter or wet to dry dressings), and autolytic debridement (involves dressings that retain wound fluids and assist in the body’s natural abilities to clean the wound). However, these alternatives are not as effective as surgical debridement in treating severe wounds.

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