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Success! Sokcheat from Cambodia raised $241 to fund tonsil removal surgery.

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Sokcheat's treatment was fully funded on September 16, 2020.

Photo of Sokcheat post-operation

September 30, 2020

Sokcheat underwent tonsil removal surgery.

Sokcheat’s procedure was successful! She was discharged with medication and a one-month followup appointment was scheduled to check the progress of her healing. Now that her inflamed tonsils have been removed, she will no longer experience chronic infections, soreness of the throat, or pain when swallowing.

Sokcheat’s mother shared with relief, “My daughter will feel better and will talk and eat without any problems now. I am glad that she can be happy now.”

Sokcheat's procedure was successful! She was discharged with medication and a one-month followup appointment was scheduled to check the prog...

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August 11, 2020

Sokcheat is 11 years old and in the fifth grade at school. Her father is a welder, and her mother is a farmer. She is the youngest child in her family, with two sisters and one brother. She shared that her favorite subject at school is reading, and she loves to read at home as well. She also has many friends living near her house, and they often explore together outside.

Since last year, Sokcheat has experienced chronic tonsillitis. She has had difficulty breathing and speaking. She feels a strong pain in her throat, making eating and drinking difficult as well. Her parents have spent money on medicine for her throat, but nothing has been effective, and they cannot keep paying for treatment.

Now, Sokcheat has come to Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) with her family. Doctors will be able to perform a tonsillectomy procedure to remove her inflamed tonsils, which will relieve her of her symptoms. She will be able to do her daily activities comfortably and return to school.

Sokcheat’s mother told us, “I am so happy that we came to CSC, and that my daughter can get the surgery she needs. She will not have to feel this pain in her throat after the surgery and she will be able to speak easily.”

Sokcheat is 11 years old and in the fifth grade at school. Her father is a welder, and her mother is a farmer. She is the youngest child in ...

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Sokcheat's Timeline

  • August 11, 2020

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

  • August 11, 2020

    Sokcheat 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.

  • August 12, 2020

    Sokcheat's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 16, 2020

    Sokcheat's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 30, 2020

    Sokcheat's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $241 for Sokcheat's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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