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Success! Meakea from Cambodia raised $787 to fund severe burn treatment.

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Meakea's treatment was fully funded on January 27, 2021.

Photo of Meakea post-operation

January 29, 2021

Meakea underwent severe burn treatment.

After Meakea’s unfortunate electrical burns, he underwent a surgical debridement at our medical partner CSC to remove necrotic (dead) tissue. This will decrease his risk of infection, support healing of his wounds, and prepare for possible skin grafts at a later date if necessary. He has to keep the dressings on for 2 weeks, at which time his stitches will be removed. Meakea is looking forward to using his hands once they have healed and he will be able to return to work, and play football again, one of his favorite pastimes!

“I am glad that my hand gets better and can carry, eat, or change my clothes. Especially I can return to work.”

After Meakea's unfortunate electrical burns, he underwent a surgical debridement at our medical partner CSC to remove necrotic (dead) tissue...

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December 24, 2020

Meakea is a 20-year-old construction worker with one brother and one sister. Meakea is the middle child in his family. His brother is also a construction worker and his sister works in a factory. Their parents are farmers. In his free time Meakea enjoys listening to music, playing games on his phone, meeting up with friends, and playing football.

On December 4th, Meakea was electrocuted at work and sustained electric burns on his hands and feet. After the accident he went to a provincial hospital for 10 days for treatment. He still has bad wounds on his hands and feet. It is difficult for him to use his hands and he is in pain.

When Meakea learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On December 23rd, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure to help him recover on both hands and both feet. Now, he needs help to fund this $787 procedure.

Meakea said, “I hope after my surgery my hands and feet are stronger and healed so I can be finally free of pain.”

Meakea is a 20-year-old construction worker with one brother and one sister. Meakea is the middle child in his family. His brother is also a...

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Meakea's Timeline

  • December 23, 2020

    Meakea 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.

  • December 24, 2020

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

  • December 26, 2020

    Meakea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 27, 2021

    Meakea's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 29, 2021

    Meakea's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 22 donors

Funded by 22 donors

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

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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