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Success! Kamsoth from Cambodia raised $487 to fund a skin graft procedure to heal his foot.

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Kamsoth's treatment was fully funded on September 25, 2022.

Photo of Kamsoth post-operation

October 5, 2022

Kamsoth underwent a skin graft procedure to heal his foot.

Surgeons at our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) took a healthy skin graft from Kamsoth’s thigh and sutured it to the wound on his left foot. He stayed in the hospital until surgeons were confident the graft site was healing well. He was discharged home with antibiotics to reduce the chance of infection and will return to CSC in a few weeks for a check-up. Kamsoth is optimistic that the graft will heal his chronic wound and he will be able to walk again soon. He hopes to find another job once his foot has healed well enough so that he can contribute to support for his family.

Kamsoth’s wife said: “We are grateful to the surgeons who have worked for months to get rid of the infection in his foot. He hopes to walk again soon when it is healed. Thank you, our family will not forget everyone’s kindness to Kamsoth.”

Surgeons at our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) took a healthy skin graft from Kamsoth's thigh and sutured it to the wound ...

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April 25, 2022

Kamsoth is a 39-year-old construction worker. He’s married and his wife works in a local garment factory. The couple has one son and two daughters. In his free time, Kamsoth enjoys meeting friends for coffee, exercising to improve his health, listening to the news on the radio, and watching boxing on television.

Kamsoth is diabetic and receives treatment from a local medical center. Since January, his left foot has been swollen and showing signs of severe infection. He underwent a wound debridement procedure, but his foot did not heal well, and the wound has reopened. Kamsoth experiences pain and it is difficult for him to walk.

When Kamsoth learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled there hoping to undergo treatment. On April 25th, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to allow his foot to heal. Now, Kamsoth needs help raising $487 to fund his procedure and care.

Kamsoth shared, “I hope my pain will stop and the wound will heal so I can return to work.”

Kamsoth is a 39-year-old construction worker. He's married and his wife works in a local garment factory. The couple has one son and two dau...

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Kamsoth's Timeline

  • April 25, 2022

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

  • April 25, 2022

    Kamsoth 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.

  • April 29, 2022

    Kamsoth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 25, 2022

    Kamsoth's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 5, 2022

    Kamsoth's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

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