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Success! Rith from Cambodia raised $220 to fund surgery on his lip.

Rith
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Rith's treatment was fully funded on February 1, 2020.

Photo of Rith post-operation

December 9, 2019

Rith underwent surgery on his lip.

Rith’s operation went well and surgery has improved his quality of life by removing the tumor. Surgery is also important to prevent the tumor from spreading and to ensure Rith does not suffer from any worsening of the condition. He is excited that he can return to his toys and family in the village.

“I am so happy that my son’s lips are smaller now that the tumor has been removed, and that he does not suffer from any infection.” said Rith’s mother

Rith's operation went well and surgery has improved his quality of life by removing the tumor. Surgery is also important to prevent the tumo...

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December 3, 2019

Rith is a two-year-old boy from Cambodia. He enjoys watching cartoons on television and playing with his toys at home.

Since birth, Rith has had a hemangioma on his lower left lip that has been growing in size. The mass often causes Rith pain, obstructs his eating, and is causing his teeth to develop irregularly.

Rith 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, Rith needs help to raise $220 to fund this procedure.

“I hope that my son will recover after his surgery and I won’t have to worry about the problem getting worse.” -Rith’s Mother

Rith is a two-year-old boy from Cambodia. He enjoys watching cartoons on television and playing with his toys at home. Since birth, Rith ...

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Rith's Timeline

  • December 3, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 04, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rith 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 04, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rith's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 09, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Rith's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 01, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Rith's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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

Hla is a 41-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her family in a village in Kawkareik Township of Karen State in Burma. One year ago, Hla felt a painless growth when she touched her lower abdomen. That same day, she went to see a traditional birth attendant (TBA) about this. The TBA told her that she has a gastric problem. The next day, Hla went to see a traditional healer and received blessed water in the hopes it would make the growth disappear. Although she drank the blessed water for around two months, the growth remained. As she did not think that the growth would make her seriously ill, she did not go to a clinic. In January 2020, Hla felt like the growth was increasing in size. She decided to visit Kawkareik Private Clinic where the doctor performed an ultrasound. She was told that she has a mass in her uterus. The doctor provided her with painkillers and was told to only take it when she is in pain. Currently, Hla suffers from back pain and the mass increases in size day by day. Doctors want Hla to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Hla's CT scan and care, scheduled for February 14th. Hla said, “I feel very stressed that I don’t have money to seek treatment. I hope that I will get better once I receive proper treatment.”

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