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Success! Vila from Cambodia raised $220 to remove a foreign object from his ear.

Vila
100%
  • $220 raised, $0 to go
$220
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Vila's treatment was fully funded on October 9, 2019.

Photo of Vila post-operation

October 14, 2019

Vila to remove a foreign object from his ear.

Vila’s operation went well. Surgery will improve his quality of life by eliminating ear discomfort, and ensure he does not suffer from hearing loss. His mom feels happy that he will be able to sleep better at night.

Vila’s mother said,”I am so happy that Vila’s operation went well and that he is no longer in pain and I don’t have to worry about what’s inside his ear.”

Vila's operation went well. Surgery will improve his quality of life by eliminating ear discomfort, and ensure he does not suffer from heari...

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September 9, 2019

Vila is a four-year-old boy from Cambodia. He has three older brothers and enjoys playing with his friends and watching television

Vila was playing with his siblings when he put something inside his ear that has now become lodged inside his ear canal. For the last two days, Vila has experienced ear pain and hearing loss.

Vila traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On September 09, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Vila needs help to raise $220 to fund this procedure.

“I am worried about my son's condition and I hope that he will no longer suffer any pain and the object will be removed.”

Vila is a four-year-old boy from Cambodia. He has three older brothers and enjoys playing with his friends and watching television Vila w...

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Vila's Timeline

  • September 9, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Vila was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • September 9, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vila 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.

  • September 12, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vila's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 9, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vila's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 14, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vila's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Remove FB / Cyst / Lesion / Mass
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $220 for Vila'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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