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Success! Vanna from Cambodia raised $474 to fund skin graft surgery so he can walk again.

  • $474 raised, $0 to go
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Vanna's treatment was fully funded on May 2, 2022.

Photo of Vanna post-operation

May 11, 2022

Vanna underwent skin graft surgery to help him walk again.

Vanna had complex surgery at our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre to connect a blood supply to the transplanted tissue on his right foot. Surgeons dressed it with a sterile dressing and Vanna was given antibiotics to make sure the area did not get reinfected. He remained in the hospital until surgeons were sure his procedure was successful and now he has returned home. After his foot heals, he is happy he’ll be able to drive again and support his family’s income. He told us that this will help ensure his family has sufficient food in case their crops are not productive.

Vanna shared: “My family is happy about the treatment of my foot. I am grateful for the expertise of the doctors and the generosity of the donors who helped to pay for my surgery. I will be free of pain, and able to walk and work again to support our family.”

Vanna had complex surgery at our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre to connect a blood supply to the transplanted tissue on his righ...

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February 8, 2022

Vanna is a 22-year-old driver. He has a brother and sister, and his mother works as a rice farmer. In his free time, Vanna enjoys listening to music, watching TV, playing games on his phone, and helping his mother with the housework.

In October, Vanna was in a car accident that fractured his right femur and wounded his right foot. After the accident, he went to a government hospital, where he underwent surgery to address the fracture. However, Vanna is still experiencing a skin defect and swelling on his right heel. He was referred to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment, as he is experiencing pain and difficulty walking.

When Vanna learned about CSC, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On February 8th, surgeons will perform a skin graft procedure to heal his wound and allow him to walk again. CSC is requesting $474 to fund his procedure.

Vanna shared, “This treatment will help me return to work and help my family. My life will change because I will be able to use my right foot without pain again.”

Vanna is a 22-year-old driver. He has a brother and sister, and his mother works as a rice farmer. In his free time, Vanna enjoys listening ...

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Vanna's Timeline

  • February 8, 2022

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

  • February 8, 2022

    Vanna 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.

  • February 9, 2022

    Vanna's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 2, 2022

    Vanna's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 11, 2022

    Vanna's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Skin Graft
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $474 for Vanna'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?

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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