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Success! Pheanith from Cambodia raised $474 to fund foot surgery.

  • $474 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Pheanith's treatment was fully funded on December 22, 2020.

Photo of Pheanith post-operation

July 2, 2020

Pheanith underwent foot surgery.

Pheanith’s surgery was successful. His wound will be treated until it is fully healed, and Children’s Surgical Centre staff will continue to monitor the healing process to make sure that there is no infection. Once his foot is fully healed, he will be able to walk easily and will quickly return to work.

His wife shared, “His foot was hurt really bad and I was worried it would never heal. I think it is really amazing that the doctors fixed his foot so well, and I think he will work again in no time.”

Pheanith's surgery was successful. His wound will be treated until it is fully healed, and Children's Surgical Centre staff will continue to...

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May 12, 2020

Pheanith is a 19-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. Phearith and his wife have been married for two years and they have one young son. Everyday Phearith and his family go for a walk in the evening. He also likes playing football, listening to music on his phone.

Two years ago, Pheanith injured the big toe on his left foot when a heavy object fell on it. He received treatment at a local hospital, but his wound did not heal. He received a second round of treatment at a local hospital two months later, but it was once again botched. The wound has become infected, and the infection is spreading through his foot. It is difficult for him to walk, and he experiences pain throughout his leg. He cannot currently work.

When Pheanith learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On May 12th, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to to heal his chronic wound, and help him to walk more easily again. Now, Pheanith needs help to fund this $474 procedure.

Phearith said, “I want so much to finally heal this wound and walk again. My family cannot do well if I cannot work and make money, so I am excited for the surgery.”

Pheanith is a 19-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. Phearith and his wife have been married for two years and they have one young s...

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Pheanith's Timeline

  • May 12, 2020

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

  • May 12, 2020

    Pheanith 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.

  • May 13, 2020

    Pheanith's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 2, 2020

    Pheanith's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 22, 2020

    Pheanith's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Skin Graft
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $474 for Pheanith'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?

A variety of injuries related to extensive skin loss can necessitate a skin graft. These include large open wounds, infection, and third degree burns. Additionally, surgeries such as removal of skin cancers require skin grafts to heal.

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

Patients who have injuries that are in need of a skin graft 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—are a common cause of injuries in Cambodia and can often result in surgeries that involve a skin graft. The use of open stoves additionally can increase risk of burns, especially in children.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Skin grafting involves covering the affected area with healthy skin from a donor site. In a split-thickness skin graft, the top two layers of the donor skin, or the graft, are transplanted and attached by staples or stitches, and the donor-area is covered with a dressing. For injuries with deeper tissue loss, a full-thickness skin graft may be used, which transplants a full flap of skin, including the muscles and blood supply, and is a more complicated procedure. Prior to the skin transfer, debridement may be needed to remove dead or damaged skin. Following a skin graft surgery, patients will remain at the hospital for 1-2 weeks for follow-up care.

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

By replacing damaged or missing skin with a skin graft, the patient’s risk of disease-causing bacteria or viruses entering the body are decreased; the graft also aids in fluid loss prevention and temperature regulation, improving the overall health of the patient.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

One risk of skin grafting is graft failure, caused commonly by blood collecting in the tissues, which necessitates a repeat graft. Other risks include infection, chronic pain, and wound contracture. Potential side effects are scarring, skin discoloration, or reduced skin sensation.

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

Injuries in need of skin grafts 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?

The skin grafts performed at Children’s Surgical Centre are autographs, or grafts of the patient’s own skin. Alternatives to this include artificial skin grafts, which are used when patients do not have enough skin to cover the exposed area.

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