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

Vanneth
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  • $477 raised, $0 to go
$477
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Vanneth's treatment was fully funded on May 3, 2021.

Photo of Vanneth post-operation

April 5, 2021

Vanneth underwent a burn contracture surgery.

Vanneth had a successful surgery to correct his burn contracture. Although he cannot wear shoes yet until his wound heals more completely, he is very happy. He worked with the physiotherapy team to learn how to walk correctly, and he is eager to return to school and play with his friends. After a brief post-op period, Vanneth was able to return home to his province.

Vanneth shared, “I am really happy to go home with my foot better. Thank you to Children’s Surgical Centre team and all who donated to fix my foot.”

Vanneth had a successful surgery to correct his burn contracture. Although he cannot wear shoes yet until his wound heals more completely, h...

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February 18, 2021

Vanneth is a 9-year-old, third-grade student from Cambodia. He goes to school every day, likes Khmer literature, and wants to be a policeman when he grows up.

Six years ago, he was burned by fire on his left foot. After the accident, his family took him to a health center for wound repair. He has since developed a left foot burn scar contracture, which makes it difficult for him to wear his left shoe due to the tightening of the skin around the burn.

On February 18th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him bend his toes and walk normally again. Now, he needs help to fund this $477 procedure.

Vanneth shared, “I hope that my foot will look normal and that I will be able to walk correctly again.”

Vanneth is a 9-year-old, third-grade student from Cambodia. He goes to school every day, likes Khmer literature, and wants to be a policeman...

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Vanneth's Timeline

  • February 18, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 18, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vanneth 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.

  • February 19, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vanneth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 5, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vanneth's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 3, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vanneth's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Treatment
Burn Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $477 for Vanneth's treatment
Hospital Fees
$161
Medical Staff
$268
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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