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Success! Theara from Cambodia raised $241 to fund a tonsillectomy.

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Theara's treatment was fully funded on November 30, 2020.

Photo of Theara post-operation

July 10, 2020

Theara underwent a tonsillectomy.

Theara’s procedure was successful. She has been given an course of antibiotics and a one-month followup appointment has been scheduled to confirm that there is no recurrence of infection. Once she fully recovers from the surgery she will no longer experience any throat pain or hoarseness, and will have an easier time sleeping and swallowing food.

Theara’s mother shared, “I am thankful to the whole staff who worked hard during this surgery and helped my daughter with her infection. She will sleep easily now.”

Theara's procedure was successful. She has been given an course of antibiotics and a one-month followup appointment has been scheduled to co...

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June 9, 2020

Theara is a six-year-old student in primary school. She lives with her parents and her younger brother. Her father is a farmer. Theara’s favorite subject at school is reading and when she is at home, she loves watching Tom and Jerry on TV. She told us her favorite food is chicken soup!

Theara started to experience tonsillitis a month ago. Her mother bought medicine from a pharmacy, but it did nothing to help Theara’s condition. During this time she has had difficulty breathing and swallowing and is experiencing throat pain and hoarseness. Her parents are worried that she will develop a more serious condition and that they will not be able to afford further treatment.

Theara has come to Watsi’s Medical Partner CSC in order to get a tonsillectomy. Once she recovers from this procedure, she will no longer experience throat pain, hoarseness, or snoring.

Her mother said, “My daughter’s throat pain has become very bad, and she can’t eat much food. I hope that this surgery can make her throat feel better so we don’t have to worry anymore. She wants to grow up strong so she can become a doctor herself.”

Theara is a six-year-old student in primary school. She lives with her parents and her younger brother. Her father is a farmer. Theara's fav...

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Theara's Timeline

  • June 9, 2020

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

  • June 9, 2020

    Theara 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.

  • June 10, 2020

    Theara's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 10, 2020

    Theara's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 30, 2020

    Theara's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

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