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Success! Reach from Cambodia raised $231 to fund ear surgery.

Reach
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  • $231 raised, $0 to go
$231
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Reach's treatment was fully funded on September 16, 2020.

Photo of Reach post-operation

October 5, 2020

Reach underwent ear surgery to help him hear clearly.

Reach’s surgery went well! He was in mild pain after surgery but is feeling better as he has healed. Now, he is playing again and is in good spirits!

Reach told us, “Now I can go to school and I don’t have to worry about pain or losing hearing. I am happy to be feeling better.”

Reach's surgery went well! He was in mild pain after surgery but is feeling better as he has healed. Now, he is playing again and is in good...

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May 7, 2020

Reach is a 11-year-old student from Cambodia. He is the youngest in his family, with two older sisters and one brother. He is in sixth grade at his primary school, and likes English class. He wants to be a doctor when he grows up. In his free time he loves playing football with friends, and watching TV.

Nine years ago, Reach had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his left ear to perforate. He experiences pain, discharge, hearing loss, and high fever from his ear infection.

Reach traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On May 7th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), will carry out surgery on his ear. Now, Reach needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure.

Reach said, “I hope my ear will have no more pain after surgery, and that I will hear better. I want to be able to study at school and spend time with my friends happily.”

Reach is a 11-year-old student from Cambodia. He is the youngest in his family, with two older sisters and one brother. He is in sixth grade...

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Reach's Timeline

  • May 7, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Reach was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • May 07, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Reach 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.

  • May 08, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Reach's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 16, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Reach's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 05, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Reach's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

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Funded by 3 donors

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Treatment
Remove FB / Cyst / Lesion / Mass
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $231 for Reach'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.