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Success! Sara from Cambodia raised $787 to fund burn treatment on his hands.

Sara
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  • $787 raised, $0 to go
$787
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Sara's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2020.

Photo of Sara post-operation

December 2, 2020

Sara underwent burn treatment on his hands.

Sara’s procedure was successful. He will continue to receive treatment and new dressings until his wounds have healed, then he will begin a physiotherapy program in order to ensure a full range of movement. Once he has fully recovered, Sara will no longer feel pain or be at risk of further complications from his injuries. He is relieved that he will regain the use of his hands.

Sara said, “I am so thankful to the doctor for helping me. My hands will get better now and I am happy that I can use them again soon.”

Sara's procedure was successful. He will continue to receive treatment and new dressings until his wounds have healed, then he will begin a ...

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September 29, 2020

Sara is a 27-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. Sara and his wife were married five years ago and they have one two-year-old son. Sara and his wife are both construction workers. He enjoys taking care of his son, doing housework, and listening to the radio.

Earlier this month, Sara was shocked by electricity when working on the rooftop of a house. It caused electricity burns on both of his hands. He first went to a provincial government hospital for treatment but left when the only option they presented to him was to amputate both hands. He is now unable to use his hands.

When Sara learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 29th, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure to to help him preserve and heal both hands. Now, he needs help to fund this $787 procedure.

Sara said, “I hope I can regain the use of my hands as soon as possible. My wife and I are worried so much about the loss of my hands because I will not be able to support my family without them.”

Sara is a 27-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. Sara and his wife were married five years ago and they have one two-year-old son. S...

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Sara's Timeline

  • September 29, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 29, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sara 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.

  • September 30, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sara's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 1, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sara's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 2, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sara's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Severe Burn Treatment
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $787 for Sara'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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