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Success! Oudam from Cambodia raised $273 to fund mass removal surgery to relieve his symptoms.

Oudam
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  • $273 raised, $0 to go
$273
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Oudam's treatment was fully funded on September 16, 2022.

Photo of Oudam post-operation

September 23, 2022

Oudam underwent ear surgery to relieve his symptoms and hear clearly again.

Oudam’s medical team was able to remove a blockage and large insect that had inflamed his left eardrum. He stayed in the hospital overnight and was given antibiotic ear drops to use for five days as he heals. His pain has disappeared, and he is able to return to school with improved hearing—a relief for his family.

Oudam’s mother said: “we were so worried that Oudam was not doing well in school because he felt bad and could not hear out of his ear. After his operation at CSC, he has no ear discharge, feels good, and is looking forward to going back to school. Thank you to the donors who support CSC so that we can have good care for our children.”

Oudam's medical team was able to remove a blockage and large insect that had inflamed his left eardrum. He stayed in the hospital overnight ...

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April 21, 2022

Oudam is a six-year-old student. His parents sell groceries to make a living, and he has three siblings. In his free time, Oudam enjoys playing with toys and watching children’s musical programs.

Two weeks ago, Oudam felt a painful mass in his left ear. Now, he experiences more pain and swelling.

Fortunately, our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), is helping Oudam receive treatment. His family traveled to CSC’s care center where, on April 21st, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, they need help raising $273 to fund his procedure and care.

Oudam’s parents shared that they hope their son’s pain will go away after surgery and he is back to feeling himself again soon.

Oudam is a six-year-old student. His parents sell groceries to make a living, and he has three siblings. In his free time, Oudam enjoys play...

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Oudam's Timeline

  • April 21, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 21, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Oudam 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.

  • April 25, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Oudam's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 16, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Oudam's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 23, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Oudam's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Remove FB / Cyst / Lesion / Mass
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $273 for Oudam's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$186
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • 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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Brian is an 11-year-old boy, living with his grandmother and two younger siblings. Brian's mother left when they were young and his grandmother has been raising them. She practices small scale farming on her land, in an effort to provide for the family. About a month ago, Brian came to his grandmother and told her that he was different from the other boys he knows. Brian's grandmother brought him to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, which means that he has an undescended testicle. His grandmother was told that Brian would need surgery to correct this condition. Without surgery, he risks infection, strangulation, cancer, and the possibility of infertility, down the road. Brian will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare. He is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on June 16th at Nazareth Hospital, and African Mission Healthcare Foundation is raising $483 to cover the total cost of Brian's procedure and care. After surgery, Brian will continue to be the active young man that he has always been, helping his grandmother to take care of his younger siblings, and secure in the knowledge that he is just like all of the other boys he knows. “My daughter left me with these children to struggle with them. And since they are my grandchildren, I love them and would not like any of them feeling unwell; especially Brian because he helps me a lot. I plead for support so that he can be treated and be well to continue assisting me and also be like the other boys,” said Brian's grandmother.

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$56raised
$427to go

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