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Success! Saroem from Cambodia raised $220 to fund a mass removal procedure.

Saroem
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  • $220 raised, $0 to go
$220
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Saroem's treatment was fully funded on January 27, 2018.

Photo of Saroem post-operation

January 12, 2018

Saroem underwent a mass removal procedure.

Saroem is doing well after surgery and has returned home. She wants to continue her studies to become a teacher one day.

She says, “Thank you for helping me.”

Saroem is doing well after surgery and has returned home. She wants to continue her studies to become a teacher one day. She says, "Thank...

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December 6, 2017

Saroem is a ninth grader from Cambodia. She has three siblings and enjoys spending time with her family around the house. In the future, she would like to be an English teacher.

She has a congenital disease called neurofibromatosis and has developed a large mass near her jaw. Luckily, the mass is painless, but it can become bigger, and she would like it removed.

Saroem traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On December 6, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Saroem needs help to raise $220 to fund this procedure. We are also fundraising for her contracture release procedure.

She says, “I hope to be able to eat and drink better.”

Saroem is a ninth grader from Cambodia. She has three siblings and enjoys spending time with her family around the house. In the future, she...

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Saroem's Timeline

  • December 6, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Saroem was submitted by Christine Jacobson, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • December 06, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Saroem 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 07, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Saroem's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 12, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Saroem's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 27, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Saroem's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Remove FB / Cyst / Lesion / Mass
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $220 for Saroem'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.