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Success! Rithy from Cambodia raised $231 to fund a surgery to remove a foreign object from his ear.

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Rithy's treatment was fully funded on May 10, 2021.

Photo of Rithy post-operation

April 12, 2021

Rithy underwent a surgery to remove a foreign object from his ear.

Rithy had a successful procedure at our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) to remove the foreign object from his ear. Rithy was very happy to be rid of the constant pain he had, as he had been unable to sleep and was very scared before the surgery.

Rithy’s mother shared, “My son had cried constantly and I was very worried about him. Now, I am happy that my son is better. Thank you for helping him.”

Rithy had a successful procedure at our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) to remove the foreign object from his ear. Rithy wa...

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April 6, 2021

Rithy is a six-year-old preschool student. Rithy’s father is a mango farmer and his mother sells noodles in the mornings, they have four children in their family. At home, Rithy enjoys playing with toy cars with his brother and watching cartoons.

Two days ago, Rithy began experiencing left ear pain, discomfort, and tinnitus. His mother investigated and saw something dark and solid inside his ear, but she could not remove the foreign object.

Rithy’s family traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On April 6th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, will remove the object so he can hear clearly again. Now, Rithy’s family needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure.

Rithy’s mother shared, “I really hope my son’s pain will go away after this object is removed.”

Rithy is a six-year-old preschool student. Rithy's father is a mango farmer and his mother sells noodles in the mornings, they have four chi...

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Rithy's Timeline

  • April 6, 2021

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

  • April 6, 2021

    Rithy 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 6, 2021

    Rithy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 12, 2021

    Rithy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 10, 2021

    Rithy's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Remove FB / Cyst / Lesion / Mass
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $231 for Rithy'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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