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December 4, 2018

Tha is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has been married for more than thirty years. He has one son. He likes to watch TV and tend to his personal vegetable garden in his free time.

Two months ago, he developed a painful mass in his mouth. It is a odontogenic myxoma. The mass is growing and now obstructing his left nostril. He experiences difficulty breathing and eating.

Tha traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On December 5, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Tha needs help to raise $220 to fund this procedure.

He says, “After the operation I look forward to going home, spending time with my family, and going back to work.”

Tha is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has been married for more than thirty years. He has one son. He likes to watch TV and tend to his per...

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Tha's Timeline

  • December 4, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Tha was submitted by Christine Jacobson, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • December 05, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tha 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 05, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 12, 2018
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Tha's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Tha 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 Tha'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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