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Success! Bona from Cambodia raised $194 for surgery to heal burn scarring.

Bona
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  • $194 raised, $0 to go
$194
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Bona's treatment was fully funded on September 21, 2016.

Photo of Bona post-operation

October 26, 2016

Bona successfully received surgery to repair burn scarring.

Bona underwent a successful contracture release procedure! After surgery, Bona received physiotherapy for two weeks, and has since been home resting. Bona shares that he’s healing well and now can easily walk and get around on his own. In one month, he’ll return for a follow up to ensure he’s healing on track.

“I am so happy to see my son walk normally again,” says Bona’s mother, “Thanks to all.”

Bona underwent a successful contracture release procedure! After surgery, Bona received physiotherapy for two weeks, and has since been home...

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August 18, 2016

Bona is a ten-year-old boy in grade four from Cambodia, who enjoys reading books, playing games, and watching television.

When Bona was only six months old, his left foot and lower leg were burned in a mosquito net fire. His left foot remains deformed due to the fire, and his toes were amputated as a result. Now, his leg still has burn contractures, and it is difficult for him to bend his leg. These often result from second or third degree burns and long term scarring.

Bona traveled six hours with his mother to reach Watsi’s medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, for treatment.

Surgeons will release the contracted skin and utilize skin grafts or flaps to help him heal - a treatment that will cost $194. After physiotherapy, Bona will easily be able to move around with no issues.

“I hope I can walk well and not be in pain after this operation,” shares Bona.

Bona is a ten-year-old boy in grade four from Cambodia, who enjoys reading books, playing games, and watching television. When Bona was ...

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Bona's Timeline

  • August 18, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Bona was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • August 18, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Bona 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 8, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Bona's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 21, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Bona's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 26, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Bona's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Burn Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $194 for Bona's treatment
Hospital Fees
$132
Medical Staff
$51
Medication
$5
Supplies
$6
  • 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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