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Success! Samuth from Cambodia raised $273 to fund mass excision surgery to remove a lesion.

  • $273 raised, $0 to go
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Samuth's treatment was fully funded on September 17, 2022.

Photo of Samuth post-operation

September 23, 2022

Samuth underwent mass excision surgery to remove a lesion.

Samuth and her husband traveled to our medical partner CSC, where surgeons excised her lesion and used healthy skin from her back to repair the surgical site on her face. She will rest at the hospital for several days, and take antibiotics to ensure the surgery site does not get infected. She is hopeful the skin graft will cover the defect and it will heal well within several weeks. She is happy to be rid of the pain and the lesion, and looks forward to resuming her full life soon.

Samuth said: “I am so relieved the doctors were able to remove this on my face. I want to be able to go outside again without being ashamed of how my face looks, and look forward to visiting my pagoda and spending time with my family. Thank you to the surgeons who performed a miracle on my face, and to the donors who made it possible.”

Samuth and her husband traveled to our medical partner CSC, where surgeons excised her lesion and used healthy skin from her back to repair ...

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April 21, 2022

Samuth is a 71-year-old grandmother. She proudly shared that she has been married to her husband for almost 50 years, and he works as a tuk-tuk driver. Together, the couple has one son, three daughters, and several grandchildren. Samuth spends her days keeping the house, helping to care for her grandchildren, and listening to monks pray on the radio.

For the past year, Samuth has had a dark lesion on her face. It has grown quickly over the past month. The lesion feels itchy, and she feels embarrassed to go outside. Her neighbor suggested that she visit our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for diagnosis and treatment.

Samuth traveled to CSC’s care center, where doctors diagnosed her with a likely basal cell carcinoma, which will need to be removed. Afterwards, a skin flap will be performed to repair the surgical incision site. On April 21st, surgeons will remove the lesion. Now, Samuth needs help to raise $273 to fund her procedure and care.

Samuth shared, “I hope that the lesion will be removed and will not grow back.”

Samuth is a 71-year-old grandmother. She proudly shared that she has been married to her husband for almost 50 years, and he works as a tuk-...

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Samuth's Timeline

  • April 21, 2022

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

  • April 21, 2022

    Samuth 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.

  • April 25, 2022

    Samuth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 17, 2022

    Samuth's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 23, 2022

    Samuth's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Remove FB / Cyst / Lesion / Mass
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $273 for Samuth'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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