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Sophanith
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Fully funded
Sophanith's treatment was fully funded on November 25, 2015.

Photo of Sophanith post-operation

December 18, 2015

Sophanith received treatment for his burn scar contractures.

“Sophanith is recovering well,” our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), reports. “He will have a follow-up appointment in one month and physical therapy at CSC every week. His mother can bring him back to CSC at any time if they have a problem.”

Sophanith’s mother shares, “Sophanith has no pain, can walk properly again, and can play with his brothers now, I’m very happy to see my son can walk normally again. Thank you to all the donors for their help.”

"Sophanith is recovering well," our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), reports. "He will have a follow-up appointment in one...

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November 11, 2015

Six months ago, Sophanith was caught in a fire. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), tells us that as a result, he sustained serious burns to his right foot. These burns created contractures, which are shortening of the muscle tissues that cause stiffness.

Sophanith is a two-year-old boy who lives with his mother and three brothers in Cambodia. He is happiest when he is playing with his toys and his siblings, but his right foot limits his play. Since the fire, Sophanith’s mobility has decreased significantly. His previous visit to a nearby hospital didn’t bring any sustained improvement, and without any treatment, Sophanith faces long term hindered mobility.

According to CSC, Sophanith needs a contracture release procedure and a skin graft. This will release the stiff burned areas, remove damaged skin tissue, and replace it with new healthy tissue. This procedure costs $280. CSC shares that “Sophanith’s right foot will regain mobility after the contracture release and skin graft procedure.”

“I hope, after surgery, my son will be able to walk properly again,” says Sophanith’s mother.

Six months ago, Sophanith was caught in a fire. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), tells us that as a result, he sustain...

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Sophanith's Timeline

  • November 11, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sophanith was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • November 12, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sophanith 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.

  • November 25, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sophanith's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 25, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sophanith's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 18, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sophanith's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Severe Burn Treatment
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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