Bosa is a 12-year-old student living in Cambodia with his mother and four older sisters. Bosa enjoys reading books and playing games. For the past year, Bosa has had difficulty swallowing and breathing. His voice sounds hoarse, and he has constant nasal drainage. He traveled with his mother to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for medical treatment. His ENT doctors have diagnosed him with hypertrophy of the adenoids and tonsils. As medications have not been helpful, they have recommended surgical intervention. Bosa is recommended for adenoidectomy and tonsilectomy to remove the tissue causing his symptoms. The CSC tells us that the total cost for the procedure is $201, which covers the medications, supplies, and one day of inpatient care in addition to the procedure. "I hope my nose stops being runny and I can breathe easily after my surgery," Bosa's mother shares, "I hope my son can eat well and have good health after his operation." Following the surgery, Bosa will be able to breathe and swallow easily, and his voice will also improve.
Meet Vottana, a 10-year-old fourth grader who lives in Cambodia with her mother and older brother. She enjoys playing with toys, drawing pictures, and watching TV. “One year ago, Vottana began having nasal congestion, sneezing, and a runny nose,” explains our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). “This has made breathing difficult for her and she is often sleepless at night. She also experiences headaches. She has been diagnosed with adenoid hypertrophy, an enlarged tonsil that obstructs the naval cavity.” Vottana needs a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, in which doctors will remove her enlarged tonsils and adenoids. According to CSC, this procedure will prevent Vottana’s nose from running and allow her to sleep better. $201 will also cover Vottana's hospital stay, along with all necessary antibiotics and post-operative care. “I am unhappy every day because I have a runny nose and this disrupts my studies,” shares Vottana. “I hope that after my treatment, my runny nose will stop, I can breathe easily, and sleep well at night.”
Kan is a 13-year-old sixth grader who lives in Cambodia with her parents and younger brother. She enjoys cooking food, drawing pictures, and reading books. Kan has experienced hearing loss and pain in her right ear for the past three months. She has also had difficulty swallowing and breathing. When she visited a doctor, they discovered hypertrophy of her adenoids and tonsils, and fluid behind the tympanic membrane of both of her ears. Without treatment, Kan's enlarged glands will continue to limit her breathing, and the pressure in her ears will cause more pain. Kan traveled three hours with her mother to reach Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment. For $201, surgeons will perform an adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy to remove Kan's enlarged adenoids and tonsils. During the same operation, they will also perform an ear myringotomy with a tympanostomy tube to drain fluid and relieve pressure in her middle ear. After these procedures, Kan will have improved hearing and breathing. She will be able to return home to her family and lead a healthy childhood.
“When I grow up I want to be a singer," Lika shares. "I hope someday my runny nose will stop and I will be able to breathe more easily.” Nine-year-old Lika likes to draw pictures and play games. She lives with her parents and one older sister in Cambodia. Lika is in the second grade, but lately, she has had to stay home from school. For the past year, Lika has felt pain when swallowing and had difficulty breathing. She also feels recurrent throat pain. Recently, because her pain wasn’t going away, Lika and her mother traveled 30 minutes on a motorcycle to reach the Children’s Surgical Centre in Phnom Penh. There, doctors diagnosed Lika with tonsil and adenoid hypertrophy. In these disorders, parts of the tissue in the back of the mouth swell beyond their normal size. If untreated, enlarged tonsils and adenoids can block the airway—as has begun to happen in Lika’s throat—and even become infected. We can help Lika avoid these risks and discomforts. For $201, doctors will perform the tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy procedures that she needs. After these surgeries, Lika will be able breathe easily once more, and her throat pain will go away.
Reaksmey is a 7-year-old girl from Cambodia, in first grade. She has two younger sisters and enjoys reading books, playing games, and watching TV. She traveled four hours with her mom to reach Watsi's medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). Reaksmey has had nasal congestion, a runny nose, and difficulty breathing at night for two years. Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctors have discovered a hypertrophy of the adenoids and tonsils. She experiences throat pain, hearing loss, and difficulty swallowing. For $221, ENT surgeons will perform a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. After surgery, her nasal congestion will improve, allowing her to breath easily and stop snoring at night. Her mother shares, "I hope my daughter can eat well and have good health."
Bunheng is nine years old and in the second grade. He has one older sister and two older brothers. He likes to play games and read books in his free time. One year ago, Bunheng developed adenoid hypertroph, an unusual growth in his tonsil that causes obstruction of his nasal airways. He was treated in a private clinic, but his symptoms did not improve. It became difficult for Bunheng to breathe. He could not sleep well at night, which caused him difficulty in school. He was also losing weight. When Bunheng's parents learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), the family traveled for seven hours to seek treatment. On December 12, surgeons at CSC performed an adenoidectomy to remove the growth and allow Bunheng to breathe easily again. CSC is requesting $221 to fund this procedure. "After I heal," says Bunheng, "I hope that I can breathe easily and sleep well at night."
Sothea is an eight-year-old first grader from Cambodia. She has two younger sisters and enjoys playing games. Sothea and her mother traveled one hour to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. Sothea has been diagnosed with rhinopharyngitis, an inflammation of the areas behind the nose and mouth. She developed hypertrophy of the tonsils, which caused her tonsils to enlarge. Sothea was treated at a hospital in Phnom Penh, but she still experiences throat pain and difficulty swallowing. Surgeons at CSC will remove Sothea's tonsils and adenoids on January 12. This procedure will relieve her of pain and allow her to feel comfortable again. CSC is requesting $221 in funding. "I hope that after the operation my daughter can eat well, sleep and be in good health," says Sothea's mother.
Rottana is a four-year-old boy from Cambodia. When not learning as a first grader, he enjoys watching TV and playing with games and toys with his younger sister. Rottana was diagnosed with both tonsil hypertrophy and adenoid hypertrophy, conditions that have caused his tonsils and adenoids (glands located in the roof of the mouth) to swell. His symptoms have caused him a sore threat, runny nose, and difficulty swallowing and breathing. On March 21, Rottana will undergo surgery at our medical partner's care center to remove his tonsils and adenoids. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is asking for $221 to cover the cost of his treatment. After surgery, Rottana will feel and breathe better!
Bopha is a four-year-old primary school student. She has three sisters. She likes to play with toys and watch TV in her free time. Bopha has not been feeling well recently, so her father decided to try to get her medical treatment. Bopha's father heard about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from his relative. Bopha traveled for three hours with her father by motorbike to reach CSC for treatment. Bopha was diagnosed with adenoid hypertrophy, which means her adenoids are enlarged. She experiences ear discharge, runny nose, and sneezing. It is difficult for Bopha to breathe. ENT surgeons at CSC will remove Bopha's adenoids, and she will be able to breath easily again. Her surgery is scheduled for May 29. Bopha's treatment will cost $221. Her parents cannot afford this surgery and are requesting help from Watsi to fund her treatment. After surgery, Bopha will be able to go back to being a regular child.
July is a seven-year-old girl from Cambodia and has not started school yet. She has two brothers and one sister. July likes to dance, play games, and play with her toys in her free time. July is diagnosed with tonsil hypertrophy and adenoid hypertrophy. She went to an NGO in Phnom Penh for treatment, where she was given medication, but her symptoms did not improve. July experiences throat pain and a runny nose, and it is difficult for her to swallow. Fortunately, with the help of our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), July is scheduled to receive treatment on April 26. July's mother heard about CSC from a relative. She traveled for three hours with her mother by taxi to reach CSC for treatment. Surgeons at CSC will perform a procedure to remove her tonsils and adenoids and help July feel comfortable again.
Dita is an eight-year-old girl in the second grade from Cambodia. She has two sisters and one brother, all older than her. Some of her hobbies are reading books and playing games with her siblings. She has experienced pain in swallowing accompanied by constant headaches for the past three years. Her mother took her to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. She was diagnosed with enlarged tonsils and adenoids and needs surgery to remove them. The $221 amount covers the cost of physicians, hospital supplies, and medication. Dita's tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy is scheduled for May 16, and this treatment will ensure she can comfortably attend school and spend time with family and friends.
Chhorvy is a 13-year-old from Cambodia who likes to watch TV, read books, and do housework in her free time. She in the sixth grade and has five sisters and one brother. In the last three years, Chhorvy has experienced throat pain and has had difficulty in swallowing. She has been diagnosed with hypertrophy of both tonsils. Her enlarged tonsils mean that it is hard for her to breathe and sleep at night. Chhorvy's parents found out about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Care, from their relative. Chhorvy and her mother traveled for four hours to reach CSC for treatment. She is scheduled for surgery on May 30 at our medical partner's care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, where ENT surgeons will remove her tonsils. CSC is requesting $221 to help fund Chhorvy's surgery and hospital care. Hopefully, the surgery will help Chhorvy feel comfortable again.