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Success! Phuon from Cambodia raised $787 to fund severe burn treatment.

Phuon
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  • $787 raised, $0 to go
$787
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Phuon's treatment was fully funded on May 16, 2021.

Photo of Phuon post-operation

May 27, 2021

Phuon underwent severe burn treatment so he can get back to work.

Phuon had a successful surgery, and although he will have a prolonged recovery, he has already started working with the physiotherapy team to regain flexibility and strength in his hands. He will take antibiotics to decrease the risk of infection, and visit our medical partner CSC frequently to make sure the tissue on his hands is healing properly. He hopes to find work again soon so that he can support his family, and looks forward to returning to normal after his unfortunate electrical accident.

“I want to thank the doctors who did my surgery and thank the donors who helped me to go to CSC. My family is very grateful that I will recover and work again soon,” Phuon said.

Phuon had a successful surgery, and although he will have a prolonged recovery, he has already started working with the physiotherapy team t...

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April 22, 2021

Phuon is a 27-year-old tuk tuk driver. He’s married and has three sons. In his free time, Phuon shared that he enjoys listening to romantic music and pop songs, playing volleyball, and relaxing at home.

On March 14th, Phuon was shocked on both hands in an accident with electrical wires. This badly damaged the tissue and after three days in a government hospital he ran out of money to cover treatment. He is in pain and cannot use his hands to hold anything.

When Phuon learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 22nd, surgeons at Children’s Surgical Centre will perform a debridement procedure to remove the dead tissue to preserve and return the function of his hands. Now, he needs help to fund this $787 procedure.

Phuon shared, “I hope after surgery I can use my hands again and get back to work to support my family.”

Phuon is a 27-year-old tuk tuk driver. He's married and has three sons. In his free time, Phuon shared that he enjoys listening to romantic ...

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Phuon's Timeline

  • April 22, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 22, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phuon 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 26, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phuon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 16, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phuon's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 27, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phuon's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 24 donors

Treatment
Severe Burn Treatment
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $787 for Phuon's treatment
Hospital Fees
$160
Medical Staff
$579
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?

Patients have severe burns that develop infections. Patients cannot move easily and are in pain, preventing them from working. Burns may cause changes in physical appearance. Severe burns can be acid burns, gas fire burns, and electrical burns. These burns typically cover large portions of skin across multiple limbs.

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

Intentional attack burns are meant to disfigure and maim victims for life, so the social impacts of their burns are severe. Families may be heavily impacted by the attack, and victims may be socially isolated or have difficulty finding work.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Acid is widely available in Cambodia, with little or no regulation. It is commonly used in car and motorbike batteries, rubber processing, and jewelry making.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Severe burn victims stay at Children's Surgical Centre for up to three months, undergoing multiple surgeries to treat the burned skin. During the first 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?

The patient's infections will be treated, the skin will be healed, and he or she will enjoy improved confidence.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

These treatments are low-risk.

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

Severe burn treatments are available at burn units in Cambodia. However, because treatment requires a long hospital stay, the bill can become very expensive. When a patient cannot pay, he or she may be expelled from the hospital in the middle of a treatment plan.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Treatment outside of a hospital environment is very dangerous and can cause serious infections.

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