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

Meng Huot
  • $241 raised, $0 to go
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Meng Huot's treatment was fully funded on December 24, 2020.

Photo of Meng Huot post-operation

December 28, 2020

Meng Huot underwent a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy.

Our medical partner shared that surgeons at CSC performed a successful tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for Meng Huot. After surgery, he was in a bit of pain and was given some antibiotics and pain medication. Now he is feeling well! He is happy to be able to swallow easier, and not have trouble breathing at night now. He looks forward to returning to school.

His parents said, “We’re so glad about the surgery and hope our son gets all better soon. We don’t want him to miss school frequently like before.”

Our medical partner shared that surgeons at CSC performed a successful tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for Meng Huot. After surgery, he was ...

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November 11, 2020

Meng Huot is a four-year-old boy who lives with his four older siblings and parents. His father works in construction, and his mother is a seller at the market. Meng Huot enjoys watching TV, playing with toys, and playing games with his siblings. In the future, Meng Huot wants to become a policeman.

For the past month, Meng Huot has had difficult swallowing and breathing. Eating food has become painful, and he is unable to eat many of his favorite foods like fried eggs and soy milk. Doctors at Children’s Surgical Centre discovered that Meng Huot’s tonsils are enlarged, which is causing the discomfort he feels.

On November 11th, surgeons will perform and adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy on Meng Huot to ensure that he can return to breathing and swallowing with ease. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $241 to fund his procedure. Once recovered, his quality of life will significantly improve and he will once again be able to eat his favorite foods.

Meng Huot’s mother shared, “I hope after this surgery my son can be back to normal and in good health again.”

Meng Huot is a four-year-old boy who lives with his four older siblings and parents. His father works in construction, and his mother is a s...

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Meng Huot's Timeline

  • November 10, 2020

    Meng Huot 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.

  • November 11, 2020

    Meng Huot was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • November 13, 2020

    Meng Huot's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 24, 2020

    Meng Huot's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 28, 2020

    Meng Huot's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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