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Ny is a future teacher from Cambodia who needs $241 to fund tonsil and adenoid removal.

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February 25, 2020

Ny is eleven years old and has two older brothers. He enjoys getting together with his friends to play soccer, playing games with his siblings, and watching television. He enjoys studying Khmer literature and English, and hopes to grow up and become a teacher.

For the past year, Ny has suffered from nasal obstruction and difficulty sleeping and swallowing.

He traveled four hours to our Medical Partner Children’s Surgical Centre to receive treatment. Surgery will relieve Ny of his symptoms, allowing him to breathe and sleep better at night, and eat without difficulty again.

“I hope that my son’s operation will go well and I won’t have to worry about him suffering anymore. He will be able to breathe normally again and will feel better.” -Ny’s Mother

Ny is eleven years old and has two older brothers. He enjoys getting together with his friends to play soccer, playing games with his siblin...

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Ny's Timeline

  • February 25, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 26, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ny 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.

  • February 26, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ny's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 26, 2020
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Ny is currently raising funds for his treatment.

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