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Srey Muy is a girl from Cambodia who needs $241 to fund tonsil and adenoid surgery.

Srey Muy
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March 2, 2020

Srey Muy is an eleven-year-old girl from Cambodia who enjoys studying Khmer and science. She has one older brother, and she enjoys playing games, reading books, and watching television.

Since she was five years old, she has had difficulty sleeping at night and, for the last year, she has trouble swallowing and experiences hearing loss.

Srey Muy traveled with her mother for over an hour by motorcycle for her treatment. Surgery will help to remove the infection and relieve Srey Muy of her symptoms, allowing her to sleep easily again and eat and hear without any difficulty. She will be able to return comfortably to her studies and family in the village.

“I hope that my daughter’s surgery will go well and she will be able to feel better again.” -Srey Muy’s Mother

Srey Muy is an eleven-year-old girl from Cambodia who enjoys studying Khmer and science. She has one older brother, and she enjoys playing g...

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Srey Muy's Timeline

  • March 2, 2020

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

  • March 03, 2020

    Srey Muy 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.

  • March 03, 2020

    Srey Muy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 26, 2020

    Awaiting Srey Muy's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.


    Srey Muy is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $241 for Srey Muy'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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