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Success! Savdey from Cambodia raised $477 to fund burn treatment so he has full use of his leg.

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Savdey's treatment was fully funded on January 27, 2022.

Photo of Savdey post-operation

February 2, 2022

Savdey underwent burn treatment so he can have full use of his leg.

Savdey had suffered for many years from his burn and took the advice of a friend to see our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). The surgeons who were able to clean the wound, repair his scar, and apply a skin graft to help him fully heal. His treatment was successful, and within a few months, he will be able to return to work to support his family and make sure his children stay in school.

Savdey said: “I am lucky that I learned about CSC so they could fix my leg, which has given me pain for many years. I will be able to work again to support my family. Thank you to everyone who donated.”

Savdey had suffered for many years from his burn and took the advice of a friend to see our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC)...

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December 1, 2021

Savdey is a 24-year-old machine repairman. He’s married and has 2 children, a son who is 6 years old and in first grade, and a daughter who is 3 years old. His wife is a factory worker in a clothing factory. In his free time, he enjoys playing games on his phone, playing volleyball, watching TV, and taking his children for a walk.

When Savdey was young, he suffered a severe burn on his right leg. The scar has been bothering him for many years. Now he cannot bend his leg, and an open wound has developed behind his right knee. He is in pain and unable to work currently.

When Savdey learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled there hoping for treatment. On November 30th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to heal his open wound and allow him to walk more easily and work again. Now, he needs help to fund this $477 procedure.

Savey shared that he hopes his surgery will help him feel better and be able to work.

Savdey is a 24-year-old machine repairman. He's married and has 2 children, a son who is 6 years old and in first grade, and a daughter who ...

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Savdey's Timeline

  • November 30, 2021

    Savdey 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.

  • December 1, 2021

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

  • December 2, 2021

    Savdey's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 27, 2022

    Savdey's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 2, 2022

    Savdey's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Burn Contracture Release Surgery
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  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $477 for Savdey'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?

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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