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Success! Chan Tho from Cambodia raised $469 to fund surgery to remove a tumor on her leg.

Chan Tho
  • $469 raised, $0 to go
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Chan Tho's treatment was fully funded on December 30, 2022.

Photo of Chan Tho post-operation

January 15, 2023

Chan Tho underwent surgery to remove a tumor.

Chan Tho underwent a successful osteotomy to remove the tumor on her leg. She spent several days at the hospital and was able to return home with a follow-up appointment in a month. She worked with the physiotherapist for rehabilitative exercises to strengthen her leg and correct her gait. Now, Chan Tho can return to school and keep up with her classmates. She said that she will no longer be ashamed of her limp and plans to pursue her dream of becoming a pharmacist one day.

Chan Tho’s mother said: “We are relieved Chan Tho was able to get help. I was afraid she would be crippled for the rest of her life, and now she can return to school and be healthy. Thank you for making it possible for her to have such good care.”

Chan Tho underwent a successful osteotomy to remove the tumor on her leg. She spent several days at the hospital and was able to return home...

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September 29, 2022

Chan Tho is a 16-year-old student in grade nine from Cambodia. She is an only child, and her parents grow rainy-day rice and vegetables. In her free time, she enjoys reading books, doing homework, listening to music, and watching TV.

Three years ago, she noticed a lump on her right leg above the knee. In the past two months, it has grown quickly, causing her to walk more slowly due to progressive pain. Doctors have diagnosed it as osteochondroma, an overgrowth of cartilage and bone that happens at the end of the bone near the growth plate, and is the most common noncancerous bone growth.

Chan Tho traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On September 29th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Chan Tho’s family needs help to raise $469 to fund this procedure.

She shared: “I hope the tumor will be removed quickly and my pain will stop.”

Chan Tho is a 16-year-old student in grade nine from Cambodia. She is an only child, and her parents grow rainy-day rice and vegetables. In ...

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Chan Tho's Timeline

  • September 29, 2022

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

  • September 29, 2022

    Chan Tho 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.

  • September 30, 2022

    Chan Tho's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 30, 2022

    Chan Tho's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 15, 2023

    Chan Tho's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $469 for Chan Tho's treatment
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  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Osteotomy is a surgical procedure used to correct bone abnormalities from trauma or disease. Without treatment, bone fractures or damage to growth plates may heal in angular, rotational, or shortened positions and result in deformity and loss of function. Arthritis is also a common indication for osteotomy, particularly if deformity is involved. Patients with arthritis suffer from pain and stiffness.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Misalignment of the bones not only creates discomfort and pain, but it can also make day-to-day tasks difficult or sometimes impossible. Deformity is also highly stigmatizing.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Due to lack of funds for speedy healthcare or inaccessibility, bone abnormalities are common due to delayed treatment. Cambodians often turn to Khmer traditional healers for bony deformities or even trauma and this also contributes to the development of deformities.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Pre-operative assessment with radiology is required to plan the procedure for each case. The surgeon will decide the best location to cut a part of the bone so that it results in an even distribution of weight across the bone or joint. This usually involves cutting out a wedge-shaped piece of bone to realign and adjust the angle at which the bone is positioned. Following correction, rigid internal or external fixation is used to hold the bone in place while it heals.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Deformity will be corrected, often months or years after its development and patients will immediately notice the benefits. Function will be restored, and pain should subside, which will enable patients to become mobile, undergo daily activities independently, and recommence work to support their families.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Blood clots are the most common complication of osteotomy procedures, but this can be avoided if patients are encouraged to mobilize early. As for any other surgical procedures, there may be complications such as infection and damage to surrounding nerves or vessels.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Treatment for bone-related injuries due to trauma or more chronic conditions such as arthritis is available at a local clinics and hospitals at a cost, which many patients may not be able to afford. Patients also often turn to traditional healers which result in unsuccessful treatment. Inadequate or delayed treatment can contribute to bone abnormalities and prolonged suffering. Patients travel as much as twelve hours to reach Children's Surgical Centre for free surgery, arriving by bus, motorbike, or taxi.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Traditional medicine is available, but with unsuccessful results.

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