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

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Samrong's treatment was fully funded on July 13, 2020.

Photo of Samrong post-operation

July 10, 2020

Samrong underwent a tonsillectomy.

Samrong’s procedure was successful. He has been given a course of antibiotics to prevent any recurrence of infection, and saline spray to keep his nasal passages sterile. A one-month followup appointment has been scheduled. After fully recovering, Samrong will no longer experience any throat pain, and will be able to swallow and breath normally.

Samrong’s mother shared, “I am really excited that we could have this opportunity for treatment. Now my son does not have to worry about this problem, and he can go back to school and study easily.”

Samrong's procedure was successful. He has been given a course of antibiotics to prevent any recurrence of infection, and saline spray to ke...

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June 8, 2020

Samrong lives in Phnom Penh with his mother and father. His father is a tuk tuk driver, and his mother is a farmer. He is an only child, but has many good friends in school. He is in the second grade and his favorite subject is mathematics. When he is not playing with his friends, he likes to draw cartoons in his sketchbook.

Samrong has had several throat and respiratory infections in the past three years. Last week, he started to have severe throat pain and a mild fever. He has difficulty swallowing and eating. His parents brought him to Watsi’s Medical Partner CSC, where it was determined he would need a tonsillectomy.

Once he recovers from this procedure, Samrong will no longer experience chronic throat pain or tonsillitis, and he will have an easier time sleeping and eating.

Sarong’s parents said, “We feel worried about his throat, and it has had a big effect on our family, because when he is sick we cannot work. I hope that he recovers quickly from this surgery and goes back to school to enjoy learning.”

Samrong lives in Phnom Penh with his mother and father. His father is a tuk tuk driver, and his mother is a farmer. He is an only child, but...

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Samrong's Timeline

  • June 8, 2020

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

  • June 08, 2020

    Samrong 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.

  • June 09, 2020

    Samrong's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 10, 2020

    Samrong's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 13, 2020

    Samrong's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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