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Success! Sorem from Cambodia raised $495 to fund corrective surgery following a burn accident.

  • $495 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Sorem's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2022.

Photo of Sorem post-operation

January 15, 2023

Sorem underwent corrective surgery for her burn contractures.

Surgeons at Children’s Surgical Centre successfully released Sorem’s burn contractures. She spent several days in the hospital until surgeons were sure her incision was healing. She and her mother worked with the physiotherapy team to learn how to improve the flexion of her fingers and will return for a check-up in a month or so. After her hand has healed, Sorem will be able to perform daily activities again, like eating and playing with her sisters. She is happy that she can use her fingers to grasp objects and is no longer in pain.

Sorem said: “I am thankful I had this treatment and I will be able to write when I do homework and go to school. My mother wants to thank all the staff who took care of me, and the people who helped for my operation.”

Surgeons at Children's Surgical Centre successfully released Sorem's burn contractures. She spent several days in the hospital until surgeo...

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September 5, 2022

Sorem is a ten-year-old student in grade 4. Sorem has two older sisters, the stays at home and her middle sister is a student in grade 10. Sorem’s parents are rainy day rice farmers. At home, she enjoys playing with her sisters, reading books, doing homework, and cooking. Sorem’s favorite meal is fried rice with fresh milk.

When Sorem was six years old, she was burned by a cooking fire. She was treated at a provincial hospital for medical care, but after the wound healed, she developed a burn scar contracture. The contracture tightens the skin around her fingers, and she has difficulty carrying things or writing.

When Sorem learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 6th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to help her to use the finger easily again. Now, CSC is helping Sorem’s family raise $495 to fund this procedure.

She shared, “I hope my finger will look and feel better, and I can use it in school.”

Sorem is a ten-year-old student in grade 4. Sorem has two older sisters, the stays at home and her middle sister is a student in grade 10. S...

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Sorem's Timeline

  • September 5, 2022

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

  • September 6, 2022

    Sorem 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.

  • September 7, 2022

    Sorem's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 31, 2022

    Sorem's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 15, 2023

    Sorem's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Burn Contracture Release Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $495 for Sorem's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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