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Success! Phol from Cambodia raised $231 to fund a procedure to remove a fish bone in his throat.

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Phol's treatment was fully funded on December 28, 2020.

Photo of Phol post-operation

January 7, 2021

Phol underwent a procedure to remove a fish bone in his throat.

Surgeons at our medical partner CSC performed an extraction of a fish bone under sedation for Phol, and it went smoothly. He’s already recovered quickly with minimal pain medication, and is now able to swallow without pain. The medical team shared with the family that Phol needs to be very careful when eating fish and he has been instructed to eat soft food for a few weeks until his throat heals. He was happy to hear he could resume his daily activities of dancing and singing!

Phol’s father was very grateful for support and to the CSC hospital staff for the procedure to help his son.

Surgeons at our medical partner CSC performed an extraction of a fish bone under sedation for Phol, and it went smoothly. He's already recov...

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December 22, 2020

Phol is a five-year-old preschool student from Cambodia. He has one older sister and one older brother. Phol’s parents work in a factory. When he is not at school Phol enjoys playing football, playing with toys, and dancing and singing.

Three days ago Phol accidentally swallowed a small fish bone while eating. The bone is lodged in his throat and needs to be extracted. He is in pain and at risk for an infection.

Phol’s family traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On December 22nd, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Phol needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure.

Phol’s mother said, “We are so happy you can help remove the bone so he can feel well again.”

Phol is a five-year-old preschool student from Cambodia. He has one older sister and one older brother. Phol's parents work in a factory. Wh...

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Phol's Timeline

  • December 22, 2020

    Phol was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • December 22, 2020

    Phol 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.

  • December 23, 2020

    Phol's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 28, 2020

    Phol's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 7, 2021

    Phol's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Remove FB / Cyst / Lesion / Mass
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
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On average, it costs $231 for Phol'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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Naw Kwee Moo is a 54-year-old woman from the Karen region in Burma, who lives with her husband and their family in a refugee camp. Of her children, three daughters and three sons still live in the refugee camp along with them near the Thai-Burma border. Naw Kwee is a homemaker and her husband is currently too ill to work. Five of their children go to school in the camp, four other children have moved away, and her second oldest son graduated from a post-secondary program in May 2020. He worked as an agricultural day laborer at a nearby Thai village until mid-December 2020. Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, he was no longer allowed to leave the camp. Naw Kwe’s household receives a monthly cash card to purchase basic rations. Although they receive free education and basic health care in the camp, they shared how hard it is to make ends meet. Starting four years ago, Naw Kwee often went to the camp’s hospital run by Malteser International (MI) Thailand to receive treatment for urinary tract infections (UTI). Most of the time, she would feel better after taking medication, but she was no longer able to work as an agricultural day laborer because of her pain. Over the next few years, she was diagnosed with chronic UTI. “I think my condition was caused from consuming dirty water,” she said. “When I worked as a day laborer, we had no access to clean water.” Naw Kwee received antibiotics through an intravenous (IV) line at the camp’s hospital. When her condition did not improve, a doctor at the camp’s hospital referred her again to Mae Sariang Hospital in March 2020. There she received a urine test and an x-ray of her kidneys, ureters and bladder. She was finally diagnosed with a right kidney stone. After multiple visits, the doctor at Mae Sariang Hospital referred her to Chiang Mai Hospital (CMH) for further treatment. However, Naw Kwee could not travel to CMH for a while due to travel restrictions after the outbreak of Covid-19. Finally, last June medical staff from her camp were able to bring Naw Kwee to Chiang Mai. During her appointment, the doctor scheduled her to undergo an intravenous pyelogram on July 16th, 2020. After she received a diagnostic test, she returned to CMH for her follow-up appointment on November 19th, 2020. During her appointment, she received more tests and it was at her next appointment Naw Kwee was told she needed to undergo multiple rounds of laser treatment to break up the stone in her kidney. She received her first round of laser treatment on February 11th, 2021. Two days later, she developed a fever and could only pass a bit of urine. She also started to experience severe back pain and other troubling symptoms. MI staff took her back to the hospital where she received an ultrasound. The nurse shared with her that after her laser treatment, the stones had broken up and many of them where now stuck in her ureter, creating a blockage. She now needs emergency surgery to remove the stones. Our Medical Partner Burma Children Medical Fund is seeking $1,500 to support her surgery and finally relieve her of her painful condition.

81% funded

$278to go

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