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Leap is a girl from Cambodia who needs $231 to fund ear surgery.

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June 5, 2020

Leap is a nine-year-old girl from Cambodia. Leap lives in Kampong Speu province with her family and is the middle child. Her parents are farmers. Due to her health issues, she has not been able to participate in school, but she has many friends near her home and enjoys playing outside and painting pictures.

Leap has experienced persistent otorrhea, or ear discharge, since she was a baby. Recently, persistent ear infections created a mass, called a cholesteatoma, in her left ear. This mass has ruptured her ear drum and created an infected abcess. Leap experiences pain and hearing loss, and her ear is severely swollen.

Leap traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On June 5th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Leap needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure.

Leap’s mother said, “My daughter has had this problem her whole life, and now it has gotten worse. I hope that she can finally feel better and not have ear pain.”

Leap is a nine-year-old girl from Cambodia. Leap lives in Kampong Speu province with her family and is the middle child. Her parents are far...

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Leap's Timeline

  • June 5, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Leap was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • June 05, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Leap received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • June 08, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Leap's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 10, 2020
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Leap's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Leap is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 2 donors

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Treatment
Remove FB / Cyst / Lesion / Mass
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $231 for Leap's treatment
Hospital Fees
$34
Medical Staff
$99
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
Labs
$3
Radiology
$55
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients will present with a growing mass. Depending on its location, the mass may cause pain and difficulty breathing or swallowing. Foreign bodies include shrapnel and other objects that do not belong in the human body. Masses, cysts, and tumors are abnormal tissue growths.

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

Disturbances from foreign bodies/masses/cysts/tumors can be cosmetic, limit function, cause pain, and damage internal organs.

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

Foreign bodies, such as shrapnel from landmines, are more common in Cambodia than the United States, especially in rural areas. It is estimated that there may be as many as four to six million mines and other pieces of unexploded ordnance in Cambodia.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

If the foreign body/mass/cyst/tumor is superficial, the removal procedure can be done under local anesthesia. Removal of deeper objects or large tumors requires general anesthesia.

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

This treatment improves a patient's appearance and function, reduces pain, and limits risk of damage to other body parts.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Risks are minor but depend on the site, size, and aggressiveness of the foreign body/mass/cyst/tumor.

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

Simple removal procedures can be done at local district or provincial hospitals, but patients must pay. Patients come to CSC because they cannot afford the procedure at their local hospital.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

For most masses, there are no alternatives. For aggressive tumors, patients may undergo chemotherapy or radiotherapy to reduce the tumor.

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