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Success! Vanniza from Cambodia raised $265 to fund a tonsillectomy and an adenoidectomy.

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Vanniza's treatment was fully funded on February 17, 2023.

Photo of Vanniza post-operation

February 21, 2023

Vanniza underwent a tonsillectomy and an adenoidectomy so she can grow up healthy.

Vanniza is doing well after surgery. More than anything, she’s just excited to go home and see her friends at school! This surgery has allowed her to swallow easily, and her mom says she’s already eating more than before.

Her mom shared, “Thank you for helping my daughter. I had a good feeling at the hospital and I won’t worry about her health anymore.”

Vanniza is doing well after surgery. More than anything, she's just excited to go home and see her friends at school! This surgery has allow...

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January 31, 2023

Six-year-old Vanniza is a second-grader living in rural northern Cambodia, where her parents are mango farmers and sell fruit. When Vanniza isn’t in class, she loves jumping rope and watching cartoons.

When Vanniza was one year old, she developed an infection, which was accompanied by a high fever. Since that time, she has had recurring infections that have gotten progressively worse over the last year. She experiences sore throats, snoring, and difficulty swallowing. Sometimes she misses school because she struggles to breathe. Vanniza was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils and adenoids, which if left untreated, will cause her symptoms to persist, and possibly intensify over time.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $265 to fund a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for Vanniza, which is scheduled to take place on January 31st, at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. Surgeons will remove her tonsils and adenoids, which should relieve Vanniza of her symptoms, helping her to live much more comfortably.

Vanniza’s mother hopes that her daughter will be well after the surgery and that she will no longer suffer from her current symptoms.

Six-year-old Vanniza is a second-grader living in rural northern Cambodia, where her parents are mango farmers and sell fruit. When Vanniza ...

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Vanniza's Timeline

  • January 31, 2023

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

  • January 31, 2023

    Vanniza 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 7, 2023

    Vanniza's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 17, 2023

    Vanniza's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 21, 2023

    Vanniza's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $265 for Vanniza'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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