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Khlork is a young man from Cambodia who needs $231 to fund treatment for a congenital anomaly affecting his face.

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June 4, 2020

Khlork is an 18-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He is the youngest of three brothers. His mother is a farmer and his father is a tuk tuk driver. Khlork finished schooling and joined his mother in farming. Khlork likes to play basketball and sing songs.

Khlork was born with meningoencephalocele (MEC), a rare congenital anomaly in which fluid from the brain protrudes through a defect in the skull creating a mass beneath the skin. Khlork’s mass was located near his nose and he had it surgically removed five years ago. However, some tissue remains on the bridge of his nose. He has come to surgeons at Watsi’s Medical Partner CSC to have the excess tissue removed. Khlork still experiences some dizziness and discomfort, including headaches.

On June 4th, surgeons at Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) will remove the mass. Now, Khlork needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure.

Khlork says, “I want to leave my parent’s farm to get a better job at a factory, but I want to finally fix this problem first.”

Khlork is an 18-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He is the youngest of three brothers. His mother is a farmer and his father is a tuk tuk...

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Khlork's Timeline

  • June 4, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Khlork was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • June 04, 2020
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Khlork was scheduled to receive 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.

  • June 05, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Khlork's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Khlork is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

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