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Success! Sopheak from Cambodia raised $487 to fund injury repair so he can walk pain-free.

  • $487 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Sopheak's treatment was fully funded on October 23, 2022.

Photo of Sopheak post-operation

November 4, 2022

Sopheak underwent surgery so he can walk without pain.

Sopheak had debridement and a successful skin graft at Children’s Surgical Centre to repair his damaged and infected heel. The skin graft will replace the injured area with healthy skin to allow his foot to heal completely. Movement and walking as he heals will help accelerate the blood flow to the area. Sopheak hopes to be without pain and walk normally soon, and no longer have to use his crutches.

Sopheak’s wife shared, “We are so relieved that my husband’s leg will soon be better. He will be able to find another job, help me around the house, and feel healthy again. Thank you.”

Sopheak had debridement and a successful skin graft at Children's Surgical Centre to repair his damaged and infected heel. The skin graft wi...

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May 11, 2022

Sopheak is a 38-year-old electronic repairer. He’s married and has one daughter and two sons. In his free time, Sopheak enjoys playing football, exercising, reading books, listening to the news, watching boxing on TV, and helping his wife around their house.

In April, Sopheak injured his left leg in a traffic accident. This injury caused Sopheak difficulty and pain while walking. After treatment at another hospital, Sopheak’s wounds still have not healed so his neighbor encouraged him to seek our out medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). On May 11th, surgeons at CSC will clean his injury and perform a skin graft procedure to heal his wound. CSC is requesting $487 to fund this procedure so that Sopheak can walk free of pain.

Sopheak says, “I hope my leg can heal so I can walk and work again.”

Sopheak is a 38-year-old electronic repairer. He's married and has one daughter and two sons. In his free time, Sopheak enjoys playing footb...

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Sopheak's Timeline

  • May 11, 2022

    Sopheak was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • May 11, 2022

    Sopheak 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 16, 2022

    Sopheak's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 23, 2022

    Sopheak's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 4, 2022

    Sopheak's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Skin Graft
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $487 for Sopheak'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 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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