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Meta is a 9-year-old student from Cambodia who needs $241 to fund a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy.

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January 6, 2021

Meta is a nine-year-old elementary school student from Cambodia. He lives with his three brothers and his parents, who are both construction workers. Meta’s favorite thing to do at school is read books. He also loves to explore the forested area around their house with his brothers.

Since he was five years old, Meta has had tonsillitis, resulting in recurrent infections and chronic throat pain. This has made it difficult for him to swallow, breathe and speak and can interfere with his ability to sleep soundly as well.

His family has come to Children’s Surgical Centre, where doctors will be able to remove his inflamed tonsils on January 6th. Once he has recovered from this procedure, he will be able to breathe, sleep, and eat with ease, and will no longer experience chronic infections in his throat.

Meta’s mother shared, “I am excited to see my son get well after the surgery, and I hope he will have an easy time eating his food and sleeping all night.”

Meta is a nine-year-old elementary school student from Cambodia. He lives with his three brothers and his parents, who are both construction...

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Meta's Timeline

  • January 6, 2021

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

  • January 06, 2021

    Meta was scheduled to receive 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.

  • January 08, 2021

    Meta's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Meta is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD

    Awaiting Meta's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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