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Success! Leang Hor from Cambodia raised $273 to fund a wound debridement procedure following an accident.

Leang Hor
  • $273 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Leang Hor's treatment was fully funded on January 27, 2022.

Photo of Leang Hor post-operation

February 8, 2022

Leang Hor underwent a successful wound debridement procedure following a serious accident.

Leang Hor’s surgery went very well! After being in tragic truck crash, Lean Hor shared that she is happy to have some good luck. She underwent a successful wound debridement procedure at our medical partner’s care center, where surgeons removed dead skin and applied antibiotics to clear up her infection. She experiences less pain now, and she will work with a physiotherapy team to start gaining strength back as her arm heals. She is thrilled that she will be able to care for her children and her husband, and she hopes to return to her province to find work soon.

Leang Hor shared, “I really thought I would die or lose my arm, and I am so relieved the surgeons could help me. I feel better every day, and thank everyone who helped me to have this surgery.”

Leang Hor's surgery went very well! After being in tragic truck crash, Lean Hor shared that she is happy to have some good luck. She underwe...

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December 9, 2021

Leang Hor is a 28-year-old factory worker. She’s married and her husband also works in a factory. The couple has a nine-year-old son in first grade and an 11-year-old daughter in third grade. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies and cooking for her children. Their family lives with Leang Hor’s parents so that they can send their children to school.

While she was in Thailand looking for work, Leang Hor was in a pickup truck accident with 14 other people. Tragically, all of the occupants died except Leang Hor. She woke up in a Thai hospital with a fractured right humerus. Doctors there applied an external fixation to heal her fracture, but she has an open wound which has since become infected. She feels ill, her hand is very swollen, and she is unable to move her fingers.

When Leang Hor learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled there seeking treatment. On December 10th, surgeons at CSC will perform a wound debridement procedure to remove the infected tissue from her arm. She hopes after the debridement, her right forearm will heal and she will no longer have pain or infection. Now, Leang Hor needs help raising $273 to fund her procedure and care.

Leang Hor shared, “I want to heal soon so I can go back to work to support our family and keep my children in school.”

Leang Hor is a 28-year-old factory worker. She's married and her husband also works in a factory. The couple has a nine-year-old son in firs...

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Leang Hor's Timeline

  • December 9, 2021

    Leang Hor was submitted by Ellen Interlandi, Volunteer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • December 10, 2021

    Leang Hor 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.

  • December 13, 2021

    Leang Hor's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 27, 2022

    Leang Hor's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 8, 2022

    Leang Hor's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $273 for Leang Hor'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 and the cause of wounds can necessitate a debridement procedure. These include large open wounds, infection, and third degree burns.

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

Patients who have injuries that are in need of a debridement 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—and hot water or fire burns are common causes of injuries in Cambodia and can often result in surgeries that involve debridement.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Debridement is done using scalpels, forceps, scissors and other instruments for large wounds that have deep tissue damage. First, the skin surrounding the wound is cleaned and disinfected. After determining the depth of the wound, the dead tissue is cut away and the wound is washed out to remove any free tissue. It may take the wound many weeks to heal. However, following a debridement procedure, patients will remain at the hospital for only one week for follow-up care.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

By removing unhealthy tissue from a wound, the wound is able to heal more easily and it reduces the patient’s risk of disease-causing bacteria or viruses entering the body, improving the overall health of the patient.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Debridement procedures come with minor possible complications that include pain, bleeding, infection, and delayed healing.

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

Severe injuries in need of debridement procedures 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?

Alternatives to surgical debridement include chemical debridement (applying a debriding medication to the wound), mechanical debridement (involves a whirlpool bath, a syringe and catheter or wet to dry dressings), and autolytic debridement (involves dressings that retain wound fluids and assist in the body’s natural abilities to clean the wound). However, these alternatives are not as effective as surgical debridement in treating severe wounds.

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