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Success! Arisa from Cambodia raised $474 to fund a skin graft procedure.

Arisa
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  • $474 raised, $0 to go
$474
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Arisa's treatment was fully funded on August 30, 2021.

Photo of Arisa post-operation

September 21, 2021

Arisa underwent a skin graft procedure.

Arisa underwent a successful procedure, and she was a brave girl during her complex surgery. Her skin graft is healing well. As she fully recovers, Arisa is hopeful that she will no longer have pain or itching, and will be able to walk normally. She looks forward to returning to her parents’ boat to help them fish.

Arisa’s mother said: “Thank you to the strangers who supported CSC to fix my daughter’s scars so she can go back to school, and not be ashamed of her leg. She can grow up normally and play with her friends.”

Arisa underwent a successful procedure, and she was a brave girl during her complex surgery. Her skin graft is healing well. As she fully re...

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August 11, 2021

Arisa is an eight-year-old student who lives with her parents, one brother, and four sisters. Arisa’s parents fish on the river for a living, and outside of school, Arisa spends most of her time on the boat while her parents are fishing.

Two years ago, hot water burned Arisa’s right leg and a severe scar developed. It is difficult for her to walk and the scar feels tight and itchy, making her day-to-day life uncomfortable and more difficult.

When Arisa’s family learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), they traveled for an hour and a half seeking treatment. On August 11th, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to remove the damaged skin and allow her to walk easily. Now, Arisa’s family needs help to fund this $474 procedure.

Arisa shared, “I hope I can walk without pain again and my leg will heal well and I can feel comfortable.”

Arisa is an eight-year-old student who lives with her parents, one brother, and four sisters. Arisa's parents fish on the river for a living...

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Arisa's Timeline

  • August 11, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 11, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Arisa 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.

  • August 12, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Arisa's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 30, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Arisa's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 21, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Arisa's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Skin Graft
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $474 for Arisa's treatment
Hospital Fees
$118
Medical Staff
$308
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • 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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