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Success! Nana from Cambodia raised $495 to fund burn repair surgery on her fingers so she can use her hand again.

Nana
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  • $495 raised, $0 to go
$495
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$0
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Fully funded
Nana's treatment was fully funded on December 6, 2022.

Photo of Nana post-operation

December 19, 2022

Nana underwent burn repair surgery on her fingers so she can use her hand again.

Nana charmed the staff at the hospital and made many new friends while she underwent treatment. Surgeons repaired the painful skin contractures on her fingers and replaced the dead skin with a new skin graft. Nana remained in the hospital for several days while her incision healed, and when surgeons were sure the new graft had developed an adequate blood supply, she was able to return home with her parents. Nana and her mother worked with the physiotherapy for range of motion exercises and hope to have full use of her fingers soon. The surgeons look forward to seeing her again to determine if any further care is needed.

Nana’s father shared, “We are relieved the burns my daughter suffered can be fixed. She can grow up like other children and use her hand normally. Thank you for helping her. We will always be grateful.”

Nana charmed the staff at the hospital and made many new friends while she underwent treatment. Surgeons repaired the painful skin contractu...

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July 4, 2022

Nana is an adorable 18-month-old baby. Her father works as a farmer, and her mother works selling food. Nana is the only child in her family. She enjoys playing with toys, and her favorite meal is fried noodles with fresh milk!

Ten months ago, Nana’s left-hand fingers were severely burned from a pan of boiling oil. Her mother took her to a local clinic for medications, but her fingers did not heal. She has since developed scar contracture on three of her fingers. This means the scar from the accident is pulling together and tightening the skin surrounding it, leaving Nana unable to hold objects. In order to help her condition, she will need to undergo a contracture release surgery, as well as a skin graft surgery to repair the scar tissues.

When Nana and her family learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), they traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On July 4th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help Nana use her fingers again. Now, she needs help to fund this $495 procedure.

Her mother expressed, “I hope after this surgery my daughter can use her hand like other children.”

Nana is an adorable 18-month-old baby. Her father works as a farmer, and her mother works selling food. Nana is the only child in her family...

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Nana's Timeline

  • July 4, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 4, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nana 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.

  • July 8, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nana's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 6, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nana's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 19, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nana's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Burn Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $495 for Nana's treatment
Hospital Fees
$171
Medical Staff
$273
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • 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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$165raised
$492to go

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