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Success! Monny from Cambodia raised $477 to fund a contracture surgery on his foot.

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Monny's treatment was fully funded on March 18, 2021.

Photo of Monny post-operation

March 26, 2021

Monny underwent a contracture surgery on his foot.

Monny’s surgery went well, and after the procedure he stayed in the hospital ward to make sure his surgical site was healing. He also started physiotherapy to learn to walk in his new cast. Monny is thrilled to be able to walk on both of his feet with the new cast.

Before his surgery, his friends at school made fun of his foot, so he is now anxious to return to school to show everyone the results of his surgery. After a few weeks, his cast will be removed, and surgeons will monitor his progress. He is a happy boy!

Monny’s family shared how happy they are that he can walk soon without a crutch and return to school without being ashamed of his condition.

Monny's surgery went well, and after the procedure he stayed in the hospital ward to make sure his surgical site was healing. He also starte...

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January 21, 2021

Monny is a five-year-old first grade student from Cambodia. He has one sister who is two years old. His father repairs motors, and his mother is a soft drinks seller. Monny likes playing with toys with his sister, playing games on the phone, watching TV, and painting pictures with his teacher. His favorite foods are fried rice and milk.

In September 2020, Monny was involved in an accident where a van ran over his left foot while he was playing with his friend. A scar contracture developed on his foot, which caused tightening and stiffness of the ankle joint. The bones in Monny’s toes were also crushed, and he was unable to walk. At the time, Monny was taken to the hospital and had surgery and a skin graft, and spent one month in Kantha Bopha Hospital. Later, his family brought him to Children’s Surgical Centre, where he was diagnosed with a contracture on the left foot, an equinus deformity, stiffness of his ankle joint, and toe joint deformity of several of his toes. Surgeons plan to do a scar release, a full-thickness skin graft, and apply a cast for him.

When Monny’s family learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), they traveled there hoping for treatment. On January 21st, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to help him walk again. Now, he needs help to fund this $477 procedure.

Monny’s parents shared, “We hope our son will walk again after surgery. Thank you for your support.”

Monny is a five-year-old first grade student from Cambodia. He has one sister who is two years old. His father repairs motors, and his mothe...

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Monny's Timeline

  • January 21, 2021

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

  • January 21, 2021

    Monny 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.

  • January 22, 2021

    Monny's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 18, 2021

    Monny's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 26, 2021

    Monny's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

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