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Mea Gul is a boy from Cambodia who needs $220 to fund repair surgery.

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August 2, 2019

Mea Gul is a four-year-old boy from Cambodia. He has one sister, two brothers, and enjoys watching television and playing games with his siblings.

Four days ago, Mea Gul was playing with his friends and shortly after started experiencing ear pain in his right ear. His mother tried to remove the object from his ear, which looks like a small stone, but was unsuccessful. He is now experiencing ear pain, fullness, and itchiness in his ear.

Mea Gul traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On August 2, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Mea Gul needs help to raise $220 to fund this procedure.

His mother says, “I hope that my son will be able to recover from surgery and I will no longer have to worry about his condition.”

Mea Gul is a four-year-old boy from Cambodia. He has one sister, two brothers, and enjoys watching television and playing games with his sib...

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Mea Gul's Timeline

  • August 2, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 02, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mea Gul 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.

  • August 02, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mea Gul's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 09, 2019
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Mea Gul's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Mea Gul is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Remove FB / Cyst / Lesion / Mass
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $220 for Mea Gul's treatment
Hospital Fees
$34
Medical Staff
$88
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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