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Success! Vathanak from Cambodia raised $241 to fund tonsil surgery so he can breath and sleep better.

Vathanak
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  • $241 raised, $0 to go
$241
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Vathanak's treatment was fully funded on February 22, 2021.

Photo of Vathanak post-operation

March 1, 2021

Vathanak underwent tonsil surgery so he can breath and sleep better.

After his surgery, Vathanak was able to return home, with careful instructions to drink only cool water and eat soft foods while he heals. His frequent infections should finally stop now, and he will be able to sleep better at night. His mother is relieved that he will not have problems breathing or fevers any more.

Vathanak says, “I will be able to go back to school and grow up without worrying about not feeling well again.”

After his surgery, Vathanak was able to return home, with careful instructions to drink only cool water and eat soft foods while he heals. H...

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February 17, 2021

Vathanak is a 6-year-old with one younger brother. Vathanak’s father works as a sugarcane farmer and his mother works at home. His favorite meal is pork curry with fried vegetables. Vathanak wants to be a policeman or engineer when he grows up. In his free time he enjoys playing with his brother, flying a kite, reading books, and writing letters.

Two years ago Vathanak began having problems breathing, swallowing, and sleeping at night. He experiences nasal obstruction, snoring, fevers, and weight loss due to difficulty swallowing. His parents worry about his condition and must spend money on medicines every month to treat his symptoms.

He has been diagnosed with grade four tonsil hypertrophy and ENT surgeons at our Medical Partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) will perform a tonsillectomy. Vathanak’s family is raising $241 to cover the cost of his treatment.

Vathanak’s mother said, “I hope my son can breathe better and be able to sleep well.”

Vathanak is a 6-year-old with one younger brother. Vathanak's father works as a sugarcane farmer and his mother works at home. His favorite ...

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Vathanak's Timeline

  • February 17, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 17, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vathanak 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.

  • February 18, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vathanak's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 22, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vathanak's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 1, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vathanak's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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