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Success! Vanna from Cambodia raised $474 to fund a skin graft on his leg.

Vanna
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$474
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$0
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Fully funded
Vanna's treatment was fully funded on June 30, 2020.

Photo of Vanna post-operation

July 2, 2020

Vanna underwent a skin graft on his leg.

Vanna’s surgery was successful. All necrotic tissue and infection has been cleaned out of his wound, and it is healing normally. The skin graft has taken well, and he will soon start a physiotherapy program to rebuild strength in his leg. Once he has fully recovered, he will be able to do all his daily activities without worry.

Vanna shared, “I am happy that the doctors could fix my leg so well. The wound is gone and my leg will feel much stronger soon. I hope that I can return home and do my work, so my family doesn’t have to take care of me.”

Vanna's surgery was successful. All necrotic tissue and infection has been cleaned out of his wound, and it is healing normally. The skin gr...

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June 5, 2020

Vanna is a 66-year-old flower farmer from Cambodia. Vanna has two children and four grandchildren, all who live with him. He and his wife sell their flowers from their house. His two children work long hours, so he spends most of his time taking care of his grandchildren. He loves showing them how to grow flowers.

Vanna has diabetes, and he has developed an ulcerous wound on his left leg. The wound has become infected and necrotic. He has tried to treat it with traditional healing methods, but it has grown in size. Now he can no longer walk on his own, and cannot work. He also feels sharp pain in the wound.

When Vanna learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled there seeking treatment. On June 5th, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to help heal his wound. After the surgery, all necrotic tissue and infection will be gone, and his leg should heal normally. He will regain strength and will be able to walk on his own. Now, Vanna needs help to fund this $474 procedure.

Vanna said, “My leg got this wound very quickly and I was surprised. I am worried that it will keep getting worse, I want to heal it quickly.”

Vanna is a 66-year-old flower farmer from Cambodia. Vanna has two children and four grandchildren, all who live with him. He and his wife se...

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Vanna's Timeline

  • June 5, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Vanna was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • June 05, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vanna 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.

  • June 08, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vanna's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 30, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vanna's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 02, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vanna's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

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Funded by 1 donor

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Treatment
Skin Graft
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $474 for Vanna's treatment
Hospital Fees
$118
Medical Staff
$308
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?

A variety of injuries related to extensive skin loss can necessitate a skin graft. These include large open wounds, infection, and third degree burns. Additionally, surgeries such as removal of skin cancers require skin grafts to heal.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients who have injuries that are in need of a skin graft 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—are a common cause of injuries in Cambodia and can often result in surgeries that involve a skin graft. The use of open stoves additionally can increase risk of burns, especially in children.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Skin grafting involves covering the affected area with healthy skin from a donor site. In a split-thickness skin graft, the top two layers of the donor skin, or the graft, are transplanted and attached by staples or stitches, and the donor-area is covered with a dressing. For injuries with deeper tissue loss, a full-thickness skin graft may be used, which transplants a full flap of skin, including the muscles and blood supply, and is a more complicated procedure. Prior to the skin transfer, debridement may be needed to remove dead or damaged skin. Following a skin graft surgery, patients will remain at the hospital for 1-2 weeks for follow-up care.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

By replacing damaged or missing skin with a skin graft, the patient’s risk of disease-causing bacteria or viruses entering the body are decreased; the graft also aids in fluid loss prevention and temperature regulation, improving the overall health of the patient.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

One risk of skin grafting is graft failure, caused commonly by blood collecting in the tissues, which necessitates a repeat graft. Other risks include infection, chronic pain, and wound contracture. Potential side effects are scarring, skin discoloration, or reduced skin sensation.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Injuries in need of skin grafts 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?

The skin grafts performed at Children’s Surgical Centre are autographs, or grafts of the patient’s own skin. Alternatives to this include artificial skin grafts, which are used when patients do not have enough skin to cover the exposed area.

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