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Dara is a 27-year-old from Cambodia who needs $231 to fund life-changing mass removal surgery.

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March 9, 2022

Dara is a 27-year-old soldier from Cambodia. He has three older sisters, who are married, and one younger sister, who studies English literature. Dara lives at home and, when he is not working, he likes to play football with his friends.

A year ago, Dara started having frequent, severe nosebleeds that caused him to feel light-headed. His family took him to a local clinic, where doctors were able to stop the nosebleed and determine that Dara has a tumor in his nose. Currently, he continues to have frequent nosebleeds and is unsure when they will happen, which can be distressing for Dara.

Fortunately, our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), can help Dara receive the treatment he needs. On March 9th, surgeons will remove the mass. CSC is requesting $231 to fund this procedure and his medical care.

Dara shared, “I hope that the tumor will be removed quickly and easily, and I won’t have to worry about having another one.”

Dara is a 27-year-old soldier from Cambodia. He has three older sisters, who are married, and one younger sister, who studies English litera...

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Dara's Timeline

  • March 9, 2022

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

  • March 9, 2022

    Dara was scheduled to receive 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.

  • March 11, 2022

    Dara's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Dara is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD

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

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Remove FB / Cyst / Lesion / Mass
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $231 for Dara'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.