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Success! Thida from Cambodia raised $231 to fund surgery that will remove a mass on her jaw.

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Thida's treatment was fully funded on October 31, 2020.

Photo of Thida post-operation

October 15, 2020

Thida underwent surgery to remove a mass on her jaw.

Thida’s surgery went well and her family has been instructed how to keep the wound clean while it heals. She is already able to open and close her mouth with more ease and is excited to be feeling better.

Thida said, “I am happy that my mouth is normal and I can open it, close it, and eat without pain now.”

Thida's surgery went well and her family has been instructed how to keep the wound clean while it heals. She is already able to open and clo...

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August 5, 2020

Thida is a 9-year-old student from Cambodia. Her parents are factory workers, and she has one younger sister. She is in the third grade at school and her favorite subject is Khmer literature. She likes to read, listen to rock music, and play outside. She also helps her sister with homework.

In May 2020, Thida developed a mass on the left side of her jaw. The mass has grown bigger everyday. As it grows larger, it becomes more painful, and Thida has started having difficulty eating and speaking.

Thida traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On August 5th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Thida needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure.

Thida’s mother said, “I am worried that this mass will be very dangerous if it is not removed. I hope that she can get healthy soon and go back to school.”

Thida is a 9-year-old student from Cambodia. Her parents are factory workers, and she has one younger sister. She is in the third grade at s...

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Thida's Timeline

  • August 5, 2020

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

  • August 5, 2020

    Thida 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.

  • August 6, 2020

    Thida's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 15, 2020

    Thida's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 31, 2020

    Thida's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Remove FB / Cyst / Lesion / Mass
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $231 for Thida's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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U Eain

When U Eain was 10 years old, he became a monk. Now, at the age of 33, he lives with five other monks in a monastery in Yangon, Burma. As a monk, U Eain doesn't have an income. Instead, every morning, two of the novice monks from his monastery collect food donated by followers in Yangon. In addition, worshipers who visit the monastery donate vegetables, fruits and curries to eat. When the monks preach in other villages, they may receive small cash donations, and when U Eain's parents visit him every year, they provide U Eain with a small amount of money. In this way, the monks are able to cover their basic needs. In February, U Eain went to a town in Mon State to preach. During his second day there, he felt very tired and struggled to breathe, and ultimately, he had to stop preaching. He went to a local clinic, where he received two injections that helped him to feel better. The next day, he returned to his monastery in Yangon. Once he was home, he developed a fever and felt very tired, so he went to a nearby clinic. There, he received an electrocardiogram (ECG). After his results came back, the doctor told him that there were problems with his heart, and U Eain was referred to Yangon Government Hospital for an echocardiogram. On April 19th, U Eain had the echocardiogram, and then brought the results back to the nearby clinic. Due to numerous issues uncovered by the test, U Eain will need cardiac surgery to replace two valves in his heart. Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is able to help U Eain access the care that he needs. On October 21st, doctors at Pun Hlaing Hospital will replace the two valves in U Eain's heart, relieving him of the chest pains, rapid heartbeat, fatigue and difficulty breathing that he suffers from now. With his limited income, U Eain needs your support to raise the $1,500 to cover the cost of the procedure. He is hopeful to feel himself again soon and looks forward to returning to preaching and teaching. U Eain said: “I am so happy to receive treatment. I would like to say thank you so much to all of the donors.”

63% funded

$555to go

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