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Chhanun is a baby girl from Cambodia who needs $448 to fund burn repair surgery.

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February 12, 2018

Chhanun is a one-year-old child from Cambodia. She likes to play with toy cars and enjoys eating fruit.

Four months ago, she was burned by hot water. Burn scar contractures have developed, tightening the skin around her fingers. She cannot hold things or easily move her fingers.

When Chhanun’s family learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, they traveled for six and a half hours seeking treatment. On February 12, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to help her use her hands again. Now, her family needs help to fund this $448 procedure.

Her father says, “I hope my daughter can use her hand freely again.”

Chhanun is a one-year-old child from Cambodia. She likes to play with toy cars and enjoys eating fruit. Four months ago, she was burned b...

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Chhanun's Timeline

  • February 12, 2018

    Chhanun was submitted by Christine Jacobson, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • February 12, 2018

    Chhanun 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.

  • February 12, 2018

    Chhanun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 16, 2018

    Awaiting Chhanun's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.


    Chhanun is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Burn Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $448 for Chhanun'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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