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Sopheaktra is a toddler from Cambodia who needs $448 to fund burn contracture release surgery.

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December 22, 2019

Sopheaktra is a 2-year-old boy from Cambodia. He enjoys watching cartoons on television, and playing with his toys.

When he was eight months old, Sopheakra burned his left hand on hot water. He cannot use any of his fingers or carry anything in his left hand.

When Sopheaktra learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, his family traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On December 23rd, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him use his fingers and hand again. Now, he needs help to fund this $448 procedure.

“I hope that my son’s surgery will go well and I will no longer have to worry about his condition,” Sopheaktra’s family shared.

Sopheaktra is a 2-year-old boy from Cambodia. He enjoys watching cartoons on television, and playing with his toys. When he was eight mon...

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Sopheaktra's Timeline

  • December 22, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 23, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sopheaktra 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.

  • December 23, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sopheaktra's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 27, 2019
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Sopheaktra is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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