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Success! Hongdarorm from Cambodia raised $448 to fund burn repair surgery.

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Hongdarorm's treatment was fully funded on May 31, 2018.

Photo of Hongdarorm post-operation

May 4, 2018

Hongdarorm underwent burn repair surgery.

Hongdarorm’s surgery went well, and he’s been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his leg. Surgery will allow Hongdarorm to greatly improve his quality of life, and allow him to walk and work without pain.

He says, “I am happy with the results of the surgery. Now I can walk better without pain. Thank you so much for helping me.”

Hongdarorm's surgery went well, and he's been working with the physiotherapy team to improve the mobility and function in his leg. Surgery w...

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May 1, 2018

Hongdarorm is a fourth grade student from Cambodia. He has an older sister and two older brothers. He likes drawing and playing football. He wants to be a doctor when he grows up. He enjoys drinking coconut juice.

Four years ago, he was burned by a fire on his foot. Burn scar contractures have developed, tightening the skin around his burn. It is difficult for him to walk and bend his toes.

When Hongdarorm learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 1, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to mobilize his foot and toes again. Now, he needs help to fund this $448 procedure.

He says, “I am looking forward to playing football with my friends after surgery.”

Hongdarorm is a fourth grade student from Cambodia. He has an older sister and two older brothers. He likes drawing and playing football. He...

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Hongdarorm's Timeline

  • May 1, 2018

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

  • May 1, 2018

    Hongdarorm 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.

  • May 1, 2018

    Hongdarorm's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 4, 2018

    Hongdarorm's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 31, 2018

    Hongdarorm's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Burn Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $448 for Hongdarorm's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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