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Rith is a sweets-loving baby from Cambodia who needs $273 to fund mass removal surgery.

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January 31, 2023

Rith is a 9-month-old baby from Cambodia. He is the youngest child, with three older sisters. Rith’s mother stays home to look after the children, while his father works in construction. Rith’s mom shared that he is a playful baby who only likes sweet foods - and he is not a fan of rice!

About six months ago, Rith developed a mass on his forehead. The mass is swollen and causing his parents great concern. They traveled with Rith to our medical partner’s care center so he can receive treatment. On January 31st, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. CSC is requesting $273 to fund this procedure, and Rith’s family was able to contribute $75 to his care.

Rith’s mom said: “After surgery, I hope he looks better, and I don’t have to worry.”

Rith is a 9-month-old baby from Cambodia. He is the youngest child, with three older sisters. Rith's mother stays home to look after the chi...

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Rith's Timeline

  • January 31, 2023

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

  • January 31, 2023

    Rith was scheduled to receive 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.

  • January 31, 2023

    Rith's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Rith is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD

    Awaiting Rith's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Remove FB / Cyst / Lesion / Mass
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $273 for Rith's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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