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Success! Leak from Cambodia raised $231 to fund mass removal surgery.

  • $231 raised, $0 to go
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Leak's treatment was fully funded on July 27, 2021.

Photo of Leak post-operation

June 24, 2021

Leak underwent mass removal surgery.

Leak’s surgery was successful and after a brief postoperative period, she was able to return to her province. Her pain has disappeared and she is recovering from the surgery. Leak can now take care of her two small children and her home again.

Her husband said: “I am happy her leg is better, and she can walk without pain. Our children need their mother as they are so active. Thank you to CSC staff and donors for helping my wife.”

Leak's surgery was successful and after a brief postoperative period, she was able to return to her province. Her pain has disappeared and s...

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May 11, 2021

Leak is a 31-year-old mother who has been married for three years and has two daughters. Leak’s husband works in construction.

Leak first noticed a mass on her left foot in 2010. She had surgery at a government hospital a few years ago, but the mass has grown back larger than before. After a biopsy, her mass was diagnosed as an angiofibroma soft tissue malformation. Leak experiences swelling and pain.

Fortunately, Leak traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On May 11th, surgeons at Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Leak needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure.

Leak shared, “I hope this treatment will help me return home and be able to take care of my children again.”

Leak is a 31-year-old mother who has been married for three years and has two daughters. Leak's husband works in construction. Leak first...

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Leak's Timeline

  • May 11, 2021

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

  • May 11, 2021

    Leak 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.

  • May 12, 2021

    Leak's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 24, 2021

    Leak's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 27, 2021

    Leak's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Remove FB / Cyst / Lesion / Mass
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $231 for Leak'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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Nereah is a beautiful four-year-old girl. Nereah is the firstborn in a family of two and likes to play a lot, which makes her parents very happy to see. At the moment, she has started preschool. Nereah’s mother is a homemaker, while her father is a laborer at road construction sites whenever he can get the work. They have had National Health Insurance in the past, but now to reactivate they are were required to pay upfront for one year, which they could not afford. Fortunately, the Nazareth Hospital Reception team identified their significant need and referred them to our medical partner's representative at the hospital. As Nereah's parents cannot afford the surgery, they need help raising $565 for her care. According to her mother, Nereah’s condition started when she was about three weeks old, but her mother did not realize it was a problem until about one year ago. She has been having frequent nose blockage and needs to breathe through her mouth especially at night, as well as as frequent common colds and swelling of her tonsils. Despite getting various types of medication, there has not been improvement. A scan showed adenoid-palatine hypertrophy, and the ENT team has advised surgery to solve her condition. If not treated, Nereah will continue suffering from symptoms and may have further complications like middle ear infections and sleeping disorders. “We have been waiting and hoping insurance would approve our surgical request, but now we don’t know what to do. We hope her surgery could be sponsored so that our daughter can get treated and stop suffering at night,” said Nereah’s mother.

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$515to go

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