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Success! Phearum from Cambodia raised $448 to fund burn contracture release.

Phearum
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  • $448 raised, $0 to go
$448
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Phearum's treatment was fully funded on December 8, 2019.

Photo of Phearum post-operation

October 14, 2019

Phearum underwent burn contracture release.

Phearum is recovering well from surgery. He is doing light physiotherapy as his mobility continues to improve. Phearum looks forward to getting back to his family and village.

Phearun’s mother said,”I am so happy that my son was able to receive surgery and that he will be able to return home and play with his friends without any difficulty.”

Phearum is recovering well from surgery. He is doing light physiotherapy as his mobility continues to improve. Phearum looks forward to gett...

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September 8, 2019

Phearum is a three-year-old boy from Cambodia. He has two older brothers, and enjoys playing with his toy cars and watching cartoons.

Two years ago, Phearum suffered from burn injuries to his right hand after accidentally coming into contact with an open flame. His wounds have healed but his skin has tightened and he is unable to fully flex for bend his finger.

When Phearum learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On September 9th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him move and flex his fingers without difficulty. Now, he needs help to fund this $448 procedure.

“I hope that my son will be able to move his fingers and write when he is older, and I won’t have to worry about his condition. - Phearum’s Mother

Phearum is a three-year-old boy from Cambodia. He has two older brothers, and enjoys playing with his toy cars and watching cartoons. Two...

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Phearum's Timeline

  • September 8, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 09, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phearum 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.

  • September 09, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phearum's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 14, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phearum's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 08, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phearum's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

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