Phea is a 12-year old boy from Cambodia who likes playing outside with his friends. He was born with a rare condition called meningoencephalocele, a sac-like protrusion of the membrane that surrounds the brain. A meningoencephalocele occurs when the neural tube does not close completely during fetal development, and it can be life-threatening.
Phea’s condition puts him at risk for complications like meningitis and brain hemorrhaging. His mom says she is worried about his condition, and has kept her son from school to protect him.
Phea says that he was afraid of receiving surgery on his face, but when he saw his best friend from his village, Neng, receive surgery for the same condition (also through Watsi!), Phea decided that he wanted treatment too.
For $375, Phea will receive surgery to remove the sac-like protrusion and repair his face. Let’s help Phea grow up healthy and ease his and his mom’s worry!