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Success! David from Cambodia raised $231 to fund mass removal surgery so he can breathe more easily.

David
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  • $231 raised, $0 to go
$231
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
David's treatment was fully funded on July 6, 2022.

Photo of David post-operation

July 19, 2022

David underwent mass removal surgery so he can breathe more easily.

David and his mother traveled 3 hours to Children’s Surgical Centre hoping for treatment. Surgeons were able to restore his ability to breathe well through his nose. David spent the night in the hospital and is now resting at home under the care of his mother. The surgeons will see him again in a month to make sure he is healing well.

David’s mother said: “I am happy it was easy to fix David’s breathing, and he is not in pain anymore. He can be a normal child again. Thank you to the staff who took good care of him and to the people who helped him to get better quickly.”

David and his mother traveled 3 hours to Children's Surgical Centre hoping for treatment. Surgeons were able to restore his ability to breat...

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March 9, 2022

David is a sweet and shy 4-year-old. He is an only child and is still too young to go to school. His mother works in a local garment factory, and his father works in construction. David’s family shared that they divorced a few years back, so he lives with his mother. David’s favorite activities are playing football with his father and playing with toy cars.

Two days ago, David’s mother saw him playing with some small stones with a few of his friends. She suspected that he put the stones in his nose and since it’s become difficult for him to breathe. His family brought him to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for review and treatment. On March 9th, surgeons will remove the mass. David’s family is requesting assistance to help raise $231 to fund this procedure.

His family shared, “I hope David will breathe easier and the bad smell will disappear.”

David is a sweet and shy 4-year-old. He is an only child and is still too young to go to school. His mother works in a local garment factory...

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David's Timeline

  • March 9, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 9, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    David 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.

  • March 11, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    David's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 6, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    David's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 19, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    David's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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

Su is 10-year-old girl who lives in Thailand. Both of her parents work for a community based organization helping others in their area. In her free time, Su likes to draw pictures and play with her friends. Su was born with clubfeet and a dislocated hip. She received corrective surgery in Chiang Mai with the help of our medical partner BCMF after she was born. During her last visit to the hospital when she was young, the doctor told her mother that they only had to return to the hospital when she outgrew her clubfeet correction shoes. However, her parents could never bring her back. In additional to financial constraints, their legal documents expired, and later when they had legal documents, they could not go to Chiang Mai due to covid-19 travel restrictions. In June 2022, Su started to experience pain in her right foot whenever she walked more than 10 minutes. She also experienced pain in her right hip for the first time when she walked. The doctor at Mae Sot Hospital diagnosed her with a dislocated hip and referred her to the larger hospital Chiang Mai for further treatment. In October an MRI was performed for Su and it was determined that she may need two surgeries: one for hrt hip and another for her clubfeet condition. The first surgery is for a hip replacement and the doctor scheduled her for surgery on November 25th so she can be out of pain as quickly as possible. Her family needs $1500 for her hip replacement surgery. Su's father said, "I am hopeful for my daughter to receive surgery soon. After surgery, I hope that she will be able to walk like other children and she will not be shy when she grows up. Now, when she goes to school, some of her friends tease her that she cannot walk properly like other children."

56% funded

56%funded
$852raised
$648to go

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