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Success! Sokun from Cambodia raised $221 to fund surgery to help him breathe.

Sokun
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  • $221 raised, $0 to go
$221
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$0
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Fully funded
Sokun's treatment was fully funded on December 28, 2018.

Photo of Sokun post-operation

December 13, 2018

Sokun underwent surgery to help him breathe.

Sokun’s operation went well. Surgery will improve his quality of life by eliminating discomfort. He will be able to sleep well at night again.

His mother says, “I am so happy that he is doing well. Thank you for the operation.”

Sokun's operation went well. Surgery will improve his quality of life by eliminating discomfort. He will be able to sleep well at night agai...

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December 11, 2018

Sokun is a teenager from Cambodia. He has one younger brother and one younger sister. He likes to read and study chemistry. He wants to be a teacher when he grows up. He enjoys eating grilled meats and soups.

For the past year, Sokun has had a recurrent infection that makes it difficult to breathe and sleep. He has been diagnosed with enlarged adenoids. Surgery can get rid of the infection and improve his quality of life. He will be able to sleep again and focus better at school.

Surgery is scheduled for December 12 and will cost $221.

His mother says, “I hope my son’s surgery is a success and he can return to school soon.”

Sokun is a teenager from Cambodia. He has one younger brother and one younger sister. He likes to read and study chemistry. He wants to be a...

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Sokun's Timeline

  • December 11, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sokun was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • December 12, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sokun received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • December 12, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sokun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 13, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sokun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 28, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sokun's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $221 for Sokun's treatment
Hospital Fees
$51
Medical Staff
$169
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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$290raised
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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Linn

Linn is a 24-year-old seventh grader from Burma. She lives with her parents, grandmother, an uncle and three younger sisters in Myawaddy Township, Karen State. Among her family, only her father and her mother work. Her uncle stays home and looks after her grandmother and her youngest sister, while her two other sisters go to school. To support their family, Linn’s parents work as day labourers. About six months ago, while she was studying at school, Linn started to experience dizziness and severe headaches. When she looked at the blackboard and her notebook, she had blurry double vision. However, she did not say anything to the teacher as she is new at the school and she was afraid of the teacher. When her friends found out what was happening to her, they wanted to tell the teacher, but Linn forbid them from doing so. After a month of struggling with this problem, Linn finally told her mother. She had kept it from her as she knew about their financial difficulties and she did not want to become a burden. Linn's parents took her to an eyeglass shop in Myawaddy. There, they examine her eyesight, told Linn that she does not need eyeglasses and urged her to go to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) in Thailand. Doctors want Linn to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Linn's CT scan and care, scheduled for September 2nd. As for Linn, she enjoys studying a lot. She said, “English and mathematics are my favorite subjects. I’m also interested in karate as self-defense course and I want to learn it. But, when I have time, I have to help out with household chores. I also have to set aside time to studying.”

70% funded

70%funded
$290raised
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