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Success! Tra from Cambodia raised $231 to fund a tumor removal.

Tra
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$231
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$0
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Fully funded
Tra's treatment was fully funded on December 20, 2020.

Photo of Tra post-operation

July 2, 2020

Tra underwent a tumor removal.

Tra’s surgery was successful, and his tumor has been removed. After fully recovering, the swelling will go down and he will no longer experience any pain in his neck or while eating and swallowing. He will be more comfortable at work and have a higher quality of life.

“I am so happy that my tumor is finally gone. There is no pain and now I can be comfortable and confident whenever I am working and eating,” Tra shared.

His wife told Watsi, “I am grateful that my husband’s tumor will not trouble him anymore. He can carry on working at the market, and playing with our children.”

Tra's surgery was successful, and his tumor has been removed. After fully recovering, the swelling will go down and he will no longer experi...

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May 6, 2020

Tra is a 42-year-old seafood seller from Cambodia. He lives with his wife of 17 years and their four children. He and his wife work together in a market in Sihanoukville. In his free time he enjoys exercising and playing with his children outside.

Six years ago, Tra noticed a swelling in his neck. It slowly grew in size, and after coming to Watsi’s Medical Partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he was diagnosed with a parotid tumor. The mass makes it hard for him to swallow, and he worries that it will keep getting larger and more painful.

Tra traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On May 6th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Tra needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure.

Tra said, “I hope that my surgery will remove this tumor once and for all, and I can work at the market in comfort. I will not have to worry about losing my income to support my family.”

Tra is a 42-year-old seafood seller from Cambodia. He lives with his wife of 17 years and their four children. He and his wife work together...

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Tra's Timeline

  • May 6, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 06, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tra 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 06, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tra's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 02, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tra's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 20, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tra's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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