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Success! Nathan from Cambodia raised $231 to remove seeds stuck in his ear so he can sleep and hear well again.

Nathan
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  • $231 raised, $0 to go
$231
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Nathan's treatment was fully funded on December 4, 2021.

Photo of Nathan post-operation

December 14, 2021

Nathan underwent a procedure to remove seeds stuck in his ear so he can sleep and hear well again.

Nathan had a successful procedure to have tamarind seeds removed from his ear. His pain has disappeared and he will be able to return to school. Nathan has promised his mother he will never put seeds in his ear again!

Nathan’s mother said: “I am relieved the surgeons were able to help Nathan. He can return to school and study hard to be successful. Thank you to the donors who helped my son so he can have a better life.”

Nathan had a successful procedure to have tamarind seeds removed from his ear. His pain has disappeared and he will be able to return to sch...

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October 29, 2021

Nathan is a seven-year-old 2nd grade student. His favorite subjects are math and science. He has two older brothers and his father is a vegetable farmer. Nathan likes to drink coconuts and play football with his friends. He wants to a policeman when he grows up.

Nathan hasn’t been feeling well for five days after he put tamarind seeds in his ear. Nathan’s father took him to the pharmacy but they could not help. He’s now in pain and it is hard for him to sleep.

Nathan’s family traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On October 29th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the foreign body. Now, Nathan’s family needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure.

Nathan’s father said, “I hope doctors can remove the seeds and Nathan can get better and return to school.”

Nathan is a seven-year-old 2nd grade student. His favorite subjects are math and science. He has two older brothers and his father is a vege...

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Nathan's Timeline

  • October 29, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 29, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nathan 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.

  • November 1, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nathan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 4, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nathan's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 14, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nathan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Remove FB / Cyst / Lesion / Mass
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $231 for Nathan's treatment
Hospital Fees
$34
Medical Staff
$99
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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