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Success! Chan Thorn from Cambodia raised $262 to fund repair surgery.

Chan Thorn
  • $262 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Chan Thorn's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Chan Thorn post-operation

September 19, 2017

Chan Thorn underwent repair surgery.

Chan Thorn’s surgery went smoothly. This procedure reduced his risk of infection, and will allow Chan Thorn to work and walk with improved function and reduced pain.

His mother says, “Thank you for helping my son.”

Chan Thorn's surgery went smoothly. This procedure reduced his risk of infection, and will allow Chan Thorn to work and walk with improved f...

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September 5, 2017

Chan Thorn is a 20-year-old rubber factory worker from Cambodia. Chan Thorn loves Cambodian pop music and relaxing at home.

On July 28, he had an accident at work, which cut parts of his foot and toe, which has now become infected. Chan Thorn is in pain and unable to work or walk properly. The bone is exposed. Without treatment, the condition could seriously worsen.

When Chan Thorn learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On September 5, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure to to remove damaged and infected tissue and reduce Chan Thorn’s pain. Now, Chan Thorn needs help to fund this $262 procedure.

He says, “I want to be able to work and walk normally again.”

Chan Thorn is a 20-year-old rubber factory worker from Cambodia. Chan Thorn loves Cambodian pop music and relaxing at home. On July 28, h...

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Chan Thorn's Timeline

  • September 5, 2017

    Chan Thorn was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • September 5, 2017

    Chan Thorn 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.

  • September 18, 2017

    Chan Thorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 19, 2017

    Chan Thorn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 8, 2018

    Chan Thorn's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $262 for Chan Thorn's treatment
Hospital Fees
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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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Khu is a 42-year-old who lives with his three sisters and two nieces in a refugee camp. In February, he had to flee across the border from Karen State in Burma due to fighting around his village. His two younger sisters are students, while his other sister is currently working as an agricultural day laborer since Khu cannot work since his accident. He looks after his two nieces who are too young to go to school. In March, Khu was working on a local farm and was struck on the right forearm by a tire chain from an exploding tractor tire he was filling. After unsuccessfully trying for two months to heal his arm with blessed oil and turmeric paste, he sought medical help and was referred to Mae Sot hospital, where it was determined that he needs surgery for a broken forearm bone. Currently, Khu cannot lift up his right arm and cannot grab any objects with his right hand. He cannot move his right arm because of the pain. He has taken pain medicine since his accident to control the pain and he is not able to work. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Khu will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for June 1st and will cost $1,500. This procedure will help him regain use of his right arm so that he can go back to work and earn a living to support himself and his family. Khu said, “Everyone told me that I am very lucky that only my arm was injured. I feel very sad that I cannot work and that I have to depend on my sister’s income. She has to work hard since my accident. I hope I will get better soon so that I can find work again.”

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