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Dane is a bright 6-year-old girl from Cambodia who needs $265 to fund tonsil removal so she can grow up healthy.

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April 20, 2022

Dane is a bright 6-year-old girl. She lives in a remote province with her grandmother while her parents live and work in the capital of Phnom Penh to make a better living to support their family. Dane’s father is a construction worker and her mother is a factory worker. Dane has recently started the first grade. When not in school, Dane loves to have her grandmother tell her stories and playing with her older sister.

For the past two years, Dane has been experiencing frequent fevers and sore throats. Dane’s mother took her to a local clinic for medicine, but this has not improved her symptoms. Dane has difficulty swallowing and eating causing her to be small for her age. Dane was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils and adenoids, which, if not treated, will cause her symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is helping Dane’s family requesting $265 to fund a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy scheduled to take place April 20th. Surgeons will remove her tonsils and adenoids, hopefully relieving Dane of her symptoms and helping her live much more comfortably.

Her mother said, “I hope that Dane will be better after her surgery and her infections won’t come back.”

Dane is a bright 6-year-old girl. She lives in a remote province with her grandmother while her parents live and work in the capital of Phno...

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Dane's Timeline

  • April 20, 2022

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

  • April 20, 2022

    Dane 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.

  • April 21, 2022

    Dane's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Dane is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD

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

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $265 for Dane'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 with enlarged tonsils experience pain and difficulty swallowing. They may also wake up frequently during the night or experience sleep disturbances, such as apnea or snoring.

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

The negative effects include recurrent rhinopharyngitis (common cold), throat infections, constant sore throat, sleep disturbances, and difficulty studying and working. Swallowing becomes very painful and labored.

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

Most people in Cambodia who require this procedure are from rural areas that have poor hygiene and little access to education. They frequently contract rhinosinusitis, pharyngitis, and tonsillitis. If patients do not have the money to seek treatment, they will often see a traditional healer instead. An incorrect prescription can cause a recurrence of the infection.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient is put on a course of antibiotics for one to two weeks to settle the infection. Under general anesthesia, each tonsil is removed by monopolar cauterization from a recess in the side of the pharynx called the tonsillar fossa. The bleeding is controlled and requires no suture. The total time required for the procedure is about one hour.

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

Patients will no longer experience recurrent infections. They will enjoy reduced pain and improved breathing and sleeping. Patients can return to school and work.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This condition is very treatable, and the operation is highly successful and effective.

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

There are few ENT (ear, nose, throat) specialists in Cambodia, and most are concentrated in major cities where services are costly. If patients cannot afford to travel and pay for treatment at hospitals in the city, they self-medicate with painkillers or visit Khmer traditional healers.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The alternatives to this treatment are only short-term fixes to manage pain. If left untreated, throat infections can lead to more serious complications with other organs.

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