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Success! Chhun Leap from Cambodia raised $241 to fund tonsil surgery so he can eat well and continue with school.

Chhun Leap
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  • $241 raised, $0 to go
$241
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Chhun Leap's treatment was fully funded on December 19, 2021.

Photo of Chhun Leap post-operation

December 27, 2021

Chhun Leap underwent tonsil surgery so he can eat well and continue with school.

Chhun Leap had a smooth operation, and surgery has now removed his tonsils and adenoids. These were causing him a lot of discomfort, and he will now be able to grow up without his family worrying about the infection coming back. He is able to breathe easily and can sleep much better at night. His family is thankful to the staff and for the success of the operation.

Chhun Leap’s mother said: “We’re relieved that my son will feel better. He won’t miss school anymore and can eat enough to grow up strong. Thank you to the CSC staff who helped him.”

Chhun Leap had a smooth operation, and surgery has now removed his tonsils and adenoids. These were causing him a lot of discomfort, and he ...

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November 25, 2021

Chhun Leap is an active 13-year-old boy in grade 6. He’s an only child, his mother is a Khmer teacher and his father is a truck driver. When he isn’t studying, he likes to play football with his friends, and read books.

Since he was young, he has often felt poorly. He doesn’t eat sufficiently because it hurts him to eat, Chhun Leap has been experiencing a frequent cough, sore throat, fever, and difficulty swallowing. This frequent illness causes him to miss school and not eat well. Chhun Leap was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils and adenoids, which, if not treated, will cause his symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $241 to fund a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for Chhun Leap, which is scheduled to take place on November 25th. Surgeons will remove his tonsils and adenoids, hopefully relieving Chhun Leap of his symptoms and helping him live much more comfortably.

“I hope my throat will feel better, and I can go to school and play with my friends again,” he shared.

Chhun Leap is an active 13-year-old boy in grade 6. He's an only child, his mother is a Khmer teacher and his father is a truck driver. When...

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Chhun Leap's Timeline

  • November 25, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Chhun Leap was submitted by Ellen Interlandi, Volunteer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • November 25, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chhun Leap 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.

  • November 30, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chhun Leap's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 19, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chhun Leap's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 27, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chhun Leap's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $241 for Chhun Leap's treatment
Hospital Fees
$52
Medical Staff
$188
Medication
$1
Supplies
$0
  • 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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