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Success! Sela from Cambodia raised $265 to fund surgery to remove his adenoids and tonsils so he can breath and eat more easily.

Sela
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$265
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Fully funded
Sela's treatment was fully funded on July 2, 2022.

Photo of Sela post-operation

July 14, 2022

Sela underwent surgery to remove his adenoids and tonsils so he can breath and eat more easily.

Sela was nervous to travel to a strange city, but made friends quickly with the hospital staff who took good care of him. He had a successful operation and spent a few days in the hospital until surgeons were sure he could travel home. He will now be able to grow up without worrying about the infection coming back. He can breathe easily, swallow his food without pain, and sleep much better at night.

Sela said, “I was always feeling sick, and couldn’t go to school or play with my friends. I am excited that I will feel good again and eat whatever I want! The hospital staff was very good to me, and I am grateful to all of the people who helped.”

Sela was nervous to travel to a strange city, but made friends quickly with the hospital staff who took good care of him. He had a successfu...

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June 1, 2022

Sela is a 12-year-old 6th grade student. He has two siblings and Sela’s parents sell fruit at the market to support their family. Sela shared that he likes to read books and play football.

Sela has been experiencing a sore throat, difficulty swallowing and breathing, and loss of appetite. Frequent illness causes him to miss school. Sela was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils and adenoids, which, if not treated, will cause his 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 Sela, which is scheduled to take place on June 1st. Surgeons will remove his tonsils and adenoids, hopefully relieving Sela of his symptoms and helping him live much more comfortably.

Sela’s parents say, “We hope our son will be in good health and be able to eat and breathe better.”

Sela is a 12-year-old 6th grade student. He has two siblings and Sela's parents sell fruit at the market to support their family. Sela share...

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Sela's Timeline

  • June 1, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 1, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sela 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 3, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sela's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 2, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sela's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 14, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sela's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $265 for Sela's treatment
Hospital Fees
$25
Medical Staff
$189
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • 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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