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Success! Va Youk from Cambodia raised $448 to fund burn repair surgery.

Va Youk
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  • $448 raised, $0 to go
$448
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Va Youk's treatment was fully funded on October 1, 2018.

Photo of Va Youk post-operation

August 8, 2018

Va Youk underwent burn repair surgery.

Va Youk’s surgery went well and he’s been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his wrist. Surgery will allow Va Youk to greatly improve his quality of life and allow him to work without pain.

His mother says, “I am very happy with the operation; he can continue with his daily work now.”

Va Youk's surgery went well and he's been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his wrist. Surgery wil...

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August 1, 2018

Va Youk is a second grader from Cambodia. He has two brothers. He likes studying mathematics and wants to be a nurse when he grows up. He loves to drink coca cola and read books.

Seven years ago, Va Youk was burned by a pot of hot porridge, burning his left wrist. Burn scar contractures have developed, tightening the skin around his burn. It is difficult for him to bend his wrist and use his hand.

When Va Youk learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On August 2, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to use his hand freely again. Now, he needs help to fund this $448 procedure.

His father says, “I hope my son’s surgery is successful so that he can return to school soon.”

Va Youk is a second grader from Cambodia. He has two brothers. He likes studying mathematics and wants to be a nurse when he grows up. He lo...

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Va Youk's Timeline

  • August 1, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Va Youk was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • August 02, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Va Youk 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.

  • August 06, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Va Youk's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 08, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Va Youk's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 01, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Va Youk's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Burn Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $448 for Va Youk's treatment
Hospital Fees
$160
Medical Staff
$240
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?

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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