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Success! Heng from Cambodia raised $221 to fund tonsil and adenoid surgey.

Heng
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  • $221 raised, $0 to go
$221
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Heng's treatment was fully funded on June 15, 2018.

Photo of Heng post-operation

May 1, 2018

Heng underwent tonsil and adenoid surgey.

Heng’s operation went well. Surgery will improve her quality of life by eliminating the infection and discomfort. Her mom feels happy that she won’t have to miss any more school.

Her mother says, “I’m happy my daughter is sleeping and feeling better after the surgery.”

Heng's operation went well. Surgery will improve her quality of life by eliminating the infection and discomfort. Her mom feels happy that s...

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April 26, 2018

Heng is a 10-year-old girl from Cambodia. She likes to study science and the Khmer language. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up. She enjoys drawing and watching TV with friends. She has one older brother.

For the past two years, Heng has had a recurrent infection, which causes nasal obstruction, runny nose, sneezing, and hearing loss. In order to get rid of the infection, she needs to have a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy surgery.

Fortunately, surgery is scheduled for April 26. Now, her family needs help raising $221 to fund the procedure.

Her mother says, “I hope my daughter’s infection goes away after the surgery. I don’t like seeing her sick all the time.”

Heng is a 10-year-old girl from Cambodia. She likes to study science and the Khmer language. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up. Sh...

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Heng's Timeline

  • April 26, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Heng was submitted by Christine Jacobson, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • April 26, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Heng 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.

  • April 30, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Heng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 01, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Heng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 15, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Heng's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $221 for Heng's treatment
Hospital Fees
$51
Medical Staff
$169
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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