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Success! Touch from Cambodia raised $224 to fund a mass removal procedure.

Touch
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  • $224 raised, $0 to go
$224
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Touch's treatment was fully funded on January 3, 2017.

Photo of Touch post-operation

January 31, 2017

Touch underwent a successful mass removal procedure.

Surgeons removed a mass about 20 millimeters in diameter from her neck. Her wound has healed nicely, and she does not experience any pain. Touch feels more comfortable than before. She is scheduled for a follow-up appointment next month.

Touch says, “I’m happy to go back home and look after my grandchildren again.”

Surgeons removed a mass about 20 millimeters in diameter from her neck. Her wound has healed nicely, and she does not experience any pain. T...

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December 2, 2016

Touch is a 52-year-old woman with three sons and two daughters. She likes to watch TV, look after her children, and listen to old songs.

Four years ago, Touch developed multiple masses on her neck. She was treated with medication, but her symptoms did not improve. She experienced recurring pain and was unable to work.

When Touch learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for two hours to seek treatment. She was diagnosed with lipoma on both sides of her neck. Lipoma is a growth of fat cells just below the skin.

On December 2, CSC surgeons removed the masses. After recovery, Touch will feel comfortable again. CSC is requesting $224 to fund this procedure.

“I hope to have a neck that is in better condition,” says Touch.

Touch is a 52-year-old woman with three sons and two daughters. She likes to watch TV, look after her children, and listen to old songs. ...

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Touch's Timeline

  • December 2, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Touch was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • December 2, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Touch 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 15, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Touch's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 3, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Touch's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 31, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Touch's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Remove FB / Cyst / Lesion / Mass
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $224 for Touch's treatment
Hospital Fees
$132
Medical Staff
$79
Medication
$5
Supplies
$8
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.