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Saro is a ninth grader from Cambodia who needs $220 to remove a mass from his cheek.

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December 5, 2019

Saro is a 9th grade student from Cambodia. He has three brothers and three sisters. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, listening to music, and hanging out with his friends.

Nine years ago, Saro starting to develop a mass in his right cheek that is growing in size. He experiences mild pain and has difficulty eating.

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

“I hope that my surgery goes well so my family will not have to worry anymore and that I will look and feel better,” shared Saro.

Saro is a 9th grade student from Cambodia. He has three brothers and three sisters. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, listening to...

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Saro's Timeline

  • December 04, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Saro 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 5, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Saro was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • December 06, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Saro's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 23, 2019
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Saro is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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