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Torn is a farmer and construction worker from Cambodia who needs $273 to fund burn treatment on his leg.

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September 25, 2020

Torn is a 51-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He and his wife have one daughter together. They had been married for 20 years but recently divorced, so Torn has been living with his sister. He works on multiple farms, and does construction work on the side. When he is not working, he visits with his friends nearby, or with his daughter.

Earlier this month, the skin on his right thigh was burned by a motor in an accident. Soon after, the burn became infected and created a severe wound. Now, in addition to pus discharge, Torn experiences pain and swelling from the wound where the skin has necrotized. This makes it difficult for him to walk.

When Torn learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On September 24th, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure to remove the damaged and infected tissue from the wound, allowing it to heal for additional surgery. Now, Torn needs help to fund this $273 procedure.

Torn said, “I hope that this surgery will heal my leg so that I do not feel so much pain. After that I hope that my doctors can help me heal my skin as well.”

Torn is a 51-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He and his wife have one daughter together. They had been married for 20 years but recently...

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Torn's Timeline

  • September 24, 2020

    Torn was scheduled to receive 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.

  • September 25, 2020

    Torn was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • September 27, 2020

    Torn's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Torn is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD

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

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  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $273 for Torn's treatment
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  • 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 and the cause of wounds can necessitate a debridement procedure. These include large open wounds, infection, and third degree burns.

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

Patients who have injuries that are in need of a debridement 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—and hot water or fire burns are common causes of injuries in Cambodia and can often result in surgeries that involve debridement.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Debridement is done using scalpels, forceps, scissors and other instruments for large wounds that have deep tissue damage. First, the skin surrounding the wound is cleaned and disinfected. After determining the depth of the wound, the dead tissue is cut away and the wound is washed out to remove any free tissue. It may take the wound many weeks to heal. However, following a debridement procedure, patients will remain at the hospital for only one week for follow-up care.

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

By removing unhealthy tissue from a wound, the wound is able to heal more easily and it reduces the patient’s risk of disease-causing bacteria or viruses entering the body, improving the overall health of the patient.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Debridement procedures come with minor possible complications that include pain, bleeding, infection, and delayed healing.

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

Severe injuries in need of debridement procedures 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?

Alternatives to surgical debridement include chemical debridement (applying a debriding medication to the wound), mechanical debridement (involves a whirlpool bath, a syringe and catheter or wet to dry dressings), and autolytic debridement (involves dressings that retain wound fluids and assist in the body’s natural abilities to clean the wound). However, these alternatives are not as effective as surgical debridement in treating severe wounds.

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