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Success! Dara from Cambodia raised $241 to fund a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy.

  • $241 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Dara's treatment was fully funded on October 21, 2021.
September 20, 2021

Dara is a five-year-old boy. His father is a tuk-tuk driver and his mother has worked in Japan for the past two years to help support their family. When his father goes to work, he stays with his grandparents, as he is not old enough to attend school. In his free time, he likes to watch cartoons and play ball with his friends.

For the past year, Dara has been experiencing difficulty swallowing, sleeping at night, and difficulty breathing. He also has a poor appetite. He was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils and adenoids and, if left untreated, his symptoms will persist and possibly worsen over time.

Fortunately, our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), is helping Dara to receive treatment. On September 20th, surgeons at CSC will remove his tonsils and adenoids, hopefully relieving Dara of his symptoms and helping him live much more comfortably. Now, CSC is requesting $241 to fund Dara’s procedure and care.

Dara’s father shared, “I hope he gets better soon after surgery. He is small and often sick. I want him to grow up to be a normal boy.”

Dara is a five-year-old boy. His father is a tuk-tuk driver and his mother has worked in Japan for the past two years to help support their ...

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Dara's Timeline

  • September 20, 2021

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

  • September 20, 2021

    Dara 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.

  • September 21, 2021

    Dara's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 21, 2021

    Dara's treatment was fully funded.


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

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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