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Success! Channa from Cambodia raised $231 to fund mass removal surgery.

Channa
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  • $231 raised, $0 to go
$231
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Channa's treatment was fully funded on December 21, 2021.

Photo of Channa post-operation

January 7, 2022

Channa underwent mass removal surgery and can finally breathe easily.

Channa was brave as she underwent surgery to have the mass removed on her face. Her treatment went well and her surgeons are optimistic that the mass will not return. As she heals, the swelling will decrease and it will finally not be as difficult to breathe. She hopes to return to school to realize her dream of becoming a lawyer.

Channa’s mother said, “we are so grateful that we could have this surgery for my daughter so she can breathe better and be confident of her face. Thank you to the donors who paid for my daughter to have this surgery we needed.”

Channa was brave as she underwent surgery to have the mass removed on her face. Her treatment went well and her surgeons are optimistic that...

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December 9, 2021

Channa is a 13-year-old student. She’s the youngest of six children in her family, and has two older brothers, and three older sisters. Her siblings are married and work in construction or at the local clothes factory. Her father sadly passed away six years ago, and her mother has taken over the family farm and grows vegetables. When she is not in school, she likes to go swimming or for walks with her friends. Her favorite subject in school is Khmer literature, and she would like to be a lawyer when she grows up.

Since she was born, Channa has had a mass on the right side of her nose. The mass was removed once before, but has come back. She experiences pain and feels ashamed of her appearance.

Fortunately, our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), is helping Channa receive treatment. She traveled to visit CSC’s care center where, on December 9th, surgeons will remove the mass. Doctors believe the mass is a hamartoma, or an abnormal growth that is a mixture of cells and tissue, but they would like to do a histology to confirm whether additional treatment is needed following the excision. Now, Channa’s family needs help raising $231 to fund her procedure and care.

Channa’s mother shared that she is hopeful that after surgery her daughter will look and feel better and can go to school.

Channa is a 13-year-old student. She's the youngest of six children in her family, and has two older brothers, and three older sisters. Her ...

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Channa's Timeline

  • December 9, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 9, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Channa 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
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Channa's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 21, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Channa's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 7, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Channa's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Remove FB / Cyst / Lesion / Mass
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $231 for Channa'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.