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Success! Tak Van from Cambodia raised $220 to fund facial repair surgery.

Tak Van
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$220
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Tak Van's treatment was fully funded on December 21, 2019.

Photo of Tak Van post-operation

December 11, 2019

Tak Van underwent facial repair surgery.

Tak Van’s operation went well and surgery has improved her quality of life by removing the tumor. Surgery is also important to prevent the tumor from spreading and to ensure Tak Van does not suffer from any worsening of the condition. Her mother feels happy that Tak Van is able to return to her studies and friends in the village.

Tak Van’s mother shared, “I am so happy that my daughter’s cheek is no longer swollen like before, and that she is looking and feeling better.”

Tak Van's operation went well and surgery has improved her quality of life by removing the tumor. Surgery is also important to prevent the t...

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December 2, 2019

Tak Van is a first grader from Cambodia. She has one younger brother, and she enjoys playing with her toys and watching television.

Five years ago, Tak Van had an accident and fell off her bed, hitting her right cheek bone on the floor. She developed swelling under her right eye, and a small soft mass has now developed.

When Tak Van learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. Surgeons at CSC will perform an excision procedure to remove the mass and relieve the swelling below Tak Van’s right eyelid, making her feel comfortable again. Now, she needs help to fund this $220 procedure.

“I hope that my daughter’s surgery is successful so that she will not have to undergo anymore surgery, and she will feel better,” shared Tak Van’s mother.

Tak Van is a first grader from Cambodia. She has one younger brother, and she enjoys playing with her toys and watching television. Five ...

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Tak Van's Timeline

  • December 2, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 02, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tak Van 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 02, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tak Van's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 11, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tak Van's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 21, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tak Van'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 Tak Van'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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35% funded

35%funded
$145raised
$269to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Yin Yin

Yin Yin is a 27-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with with her husband, her sister-in-law, her sister-in-law’s husband, her niece and her niece’s two small boys. Her husband, who is the only one supporting her financially, works as a cleaner at a shopping mall. In her free time, she likes to read Burmese novels. Three years ago, when Yin Yin worked as a cleaner in Bangkok, she felt tired, had no appetite, had memory loss and frequent urination. She was brought to a hospital where she was told she has a blood clot in the back of her head. She had it removed surgically, which her employer lent her money for. On December 6th and 8th, Yin Yin had two seizures. She and her husband sought treatment at Mae Tao Clinic, where she was admitted. She does not remember what happened but was given medication and told to come back if she felt unwell. On January 14th, however, she came back to the clinic, complaining of soreness in the back of her head where her first surgery took place. She also reported continued blurry vision, memory loss and fatigue. When the weather gets cold, she feels stiff and sore in her neck and hands. MTC thought she might have encephalitis but needed a CT scan to confirm her diagnosis. Unable to pay, MTC referred her to Watsi Partner Burma Children Medical Fund for assistance in accessing further treatment. Doctors want Yin Yin 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 Yin Yin's CT scan and care, scheduled for January 28th. “It has been very difficult for me, but my husband gives me encouragement,” said Yin Yin.

35% funded

35%funded
$145raised
$269to go