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Success! Mareach from Cambodia raised $273 to fund mass removal surgery in his ear.

Mareach
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  • $273 raised, $0 to go
$273
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Mareach's treatment was fully funded on July 2, 2022.

Photo of Mareach post-operation

July 11, 2022

Mareach underwent mass removal surgery in his ear.

Mareach was in pain when he and his family arrived at Children’s Surgical Centre. After a successful procedure to remove the stone from his ear, he had a big smile on his face! It was important to perform this procedure to avoid any future complications he might have with hearing loss or infection. He was very brave during surgery and able to return home soon after the procedure. He rested at home and his mother instilled medicated ear drops to decrease any risk of reinfection. When Mareach is fully healed, his hearing will be back to normal and he will be able to communicate better. This will help him tremendously when he returns to school, which is a big relief for his mom.

Mareach’s mother said: “We are very thankful the stone was removed quickly from my son’s ear. We hope he doesn’t put anything in his ear again and that he can hear well. Thank you to everyone who helped Mareach.”

Mareach was in pain when he and his family arrived at Children's Surgical Centre. After a successful procedure to remove the stone from his ...

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May 18, 2022

Mareach is an active 7-year-old. He is the oldest in his family and has two younger siblings. Mareach is in the second grade and loves studying Khmer and math, as well as playing football and with toy cars. His mother is a homemaker, and his father sells items at the local market to support their family.

Several days ago, Mareach placed a stone in his ear when he was playing with friends. He experienced immediate pain in his right ear, and now his ear has become swollen and infected. His parents have been unable to retrieve the stone, so they traveled to our medical partner’s care center hoping Mareach can receive treatment. On May 17th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. CSC is requesting $273 to fund this procedure so he can be pain free.

Mareach’s mother shared, “I hope the doctors will be able to take out the stone and that Mareach learns never to put anything in his ear again.”

Mareach is an active 7-year-old. He is the oldest in his family and has two younger siblings. Mareach is in the second grade and loves study...

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Mareach's Timeline

  • May 17, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mareach received 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.

  • May 18, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 20, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mareach's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 2, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mareach's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 11, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mareach's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Remove FB / Cyst / Lesion / Mass
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $273 for Mareach's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$186
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • 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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