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La from Cambodia raised $273 to fund a cyst removal and knee surgery so she can walk well.

La
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  • $273 raised, $0 to go
$273
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
La's treatment was fully funded on April 26, 2022.

Photo of La post-operation

May 5, 2022

La underwent a cyst removal and knee surgery so she can walk well again.

La returned to our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre for a planned total knee replacement, when her biopsy showed that she had a giant cell tumour - a rare, aggressive non-cancerous tumour. In an effort to spare her knee joint and painful post-joint replacement rehabilitation, surgeons decided to change her treatment plan to perform an arthrodesis and removal of the tumour, but not her joint. A metal plate and medical-grade cement were used to stabilize her knee joint as she heals. She spent a week in the hospital and worked closely with the physiotherapy team to strengthen her leg and learn to walk again. She was happy to return home after her stitches were removed and is looking forward to walking her children to and from school and selling beverages from her home to support their family’s income.

La shared, “after so many years of pain in my knee, I am now hopeful that my pain will go away and I can have a good life taking walks with my children and my husband. Thank you to the doctors who explained everything to me, and to everyone who supported us so we can have good medical care even when we can’t pay.”

La returned to our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre for a planned total knee replacement, when her biopsy showed that she had a gi...

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April 9, 2022

La is a 36-year-old mother of three children. She is married and her husband works as a construction worker. To help support her family, she sells soft drinks and coffee from her home. The couple has one son and two daughters, who are all in public school. In her free time, La enjoys walking her children to and from school, cooking, and, after a long day, watching television.

Five years ago, La injured her left knee and she has experienced intermittent pain since the injury. Unfortunately, in December 2021, she was involved in a motorbike accident where she re-injured the same knee. After an x-ray, she was diagnosed with an aneurysmal bone cyst, or a benign, blood-filled lesion in the bone that often expands or grows. She experiences severe pain and now has difficulty walking. To treat her condition, surgeons plan to remove the cyst from her left knee and help to heal the joint.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), is helping La receive treatment. On April 9th, surgeons will perform a procedure to relieve La of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Now, she needs help raising $273 to fund her procedure and care.

La shared, “I am thankful that I will be able to return to work and care for my children after this surgery.”

La is a 36-year-old mother of three children. She is married and her husband works as a construction worker. To help support her family, she...

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La's Timeline

  • April 9, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 9, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    La 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.

  • April 12, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    La's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 26, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    La's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 5, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on La. Read the update.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

Treatment
Remove FB / Cyst / Lesion / Mass
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $273 for La'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.