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Success! Makara from Cambodia raised $477 to fund burn contracture release surgery so he can regain use of his hand.

Makara
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  • $477 raised, $0 to go
$477
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Makara's treatment was fully funded on April 6, 2022.

Photo of Makara post-operation

April 18, 2022

Makara underwent burn contracture release surgery so he can regain use of his hand.

Plastic surgeons were able to release the skin contractures on Makara’s fingers and replace the skin with a skin graft. He kept a sterile dressing on for a week, and when surgeons were sure the new graft had developed an adequate blood supply, he was able to return home.

Makara worked with the physiotherapy team for rehabilitative range of motion and strength exercises and hopes to have full use of his fingers soon. He looks forward to playing football with his friends and feeding the animals on their farm! The surgeons look forward to seeing him again soon to make sure he fully heals.

Makara’s mother said: “Thank you to the staff and surgeons who helped my son have a functioning hand after many years. He can do homework with his hand and help on the farm when he is not in school. We are grateful to the donors who helped to pay for him to have a good life.”

Plastic surgeons were able to release the skin contractures on Makara's fingers and replace the skin with a skin graft. He kept a sterile dr...

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February 11, 2022

Makara is a 14-year-old seventh grade student. He is the youngest in his family, and has two brothers and four sisters. His parents are rice farmers, and they also raise chickens and cows. In his free time, Makara enjoys playing football with his friends. His favorite meal is kari soup and Coca-Cola. In the future, he wants to be a lawyer.

When he was three years old, Makara was burned by a fire on his right hand. Burn scar contractures have developed on his index, middle, and ring fingers, tightening the skin near the burns. He has limited use of the fingers on his right hand.

When Makara’s family learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for six and a half hours seeking treatment. On February 11th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him use his right hand easily again. Now, he needs help to fund this $477 procedure.

Makara shared, “I really hope my hand heals and I can use it normally.”

Makara is a 14-year-old seventh grade student. He is the youngest in his family, and has two brothers and four sisters. His parents are rice...

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Makara's Timeline

  • February 11, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 11, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Makara 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 14, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Makara's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 6, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Makara's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 18, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Makara's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Burn Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $477 for Makara'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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