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Success! Menglay from Cambodia raised $477 to fund burn treatment so he can use his hand.

Menglay
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  • $477 raised, $0 to go
$477
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$0
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Fully funded
Menglay's treatment was fully funded on March 6, 2022.

Photo of Menglay post-operation

March 18, 2022

Menglay underwent burn treatment so he can use his hand.

Menglay had successful surgery to release the contractures and perform a skin graft. He will spend a few days at the hospital to make sure his graft is healing, and take a course of antibiotics to decrease the chance of infection. His mother received information for physiotherapy exercises; these will support Menglay to learn to hold objects and strengthen his grip. When his hand heals, he will be able to use it just like other children and no longer be in pain.

Menglay’s mother said, “I feel grateful to each person who supported my son’s surgery so he can have a better life. Thank you and I hope that they continue to help Cambodians who need help.”

Menglay had successful surgery to release the contractures and perform a skin graft. He will spend a few days at the hospital to make sure h...

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January 11, 2022

Menglay is a 2-year-old boy and the youngest of three children in his family; he has an eight-year-old sister and a 10-year-old brother. He loves eating his mother’s noodles and fried eggs, and likes to play with his older siblings.

In 2020, he was burned on the index and middle finger of his right hand. His parents had him treated at a Children’s Hospital, where he underwent wound care and a skin graft. The skin graft has developed a scar contracture, and now he cannot use his two fingers. It is painful for him and he cannot hold anything in that hand.

When Menglay’s family learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for four hours with his parents seeking treatment. On January 12th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery. Once he heals, he will be able to use his hand and fingers. Now, their family needs help to fund this $477 procedure.

His mother said: “we are so worried that Menglay will not be able to use his hand like other children. We hope the doctors can fix his fingers so he can grow up happy and healthy.”

Menglay is a 2-year-old boy and the youngest of three children in his family; he has an eight-year-old sister and a 10-year-old brother. He ...

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Menglay's Timeline

  • January 11, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Menglay was submitted by Ellen Interlandi, Volunteer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • January 12, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Menglay 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.

  • January 15, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Menglay's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 6, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Menglay's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 18, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Menglay's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Burn Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $477 for Menglay's treatment
Hospital Fees
$161
Medical Staff
$268
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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