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Success! Thida from Cambodia raised $241 to fund a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy.

Thida
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  • $241 raised, $0 to go
$241
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Thida's treatment was fully funded on April 30, 2021.

Photo of Thida post-operation

April 12, 2021

Thida underwent a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy.

Thida had a successful surgery and was able to return home to her province after recovery. She can now breathe easier and swallow. Thida feels much better, her appetite has improved, and she looks forward to returning to school.

Thida’s mother shared that she is so happy her daughter is better, and will not have to suffer from frequent infections. She thanked the strangers who donated money so that her daughter could have the surgery.

Thida had a successful surgery and was able to return home to her province after recovery. She can now breathe easier and swallow. Thida fee...

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March 30, 2021

Thida is a five-year-old child and her father is a blacksmith while her mother is a seller in the market. One of the things she likes to do when she is not in school is telling jokes to her mother :)

For the past year, Thida has had difficulty swallowing. She does not sleep well at night because she cannot breathe well. Her parents are concerned because it is hard for her to concentrate in school when she doesn’t sleep well. As a result, Thida often feels poorly and misses school.

When Thida’s parents learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours with her mother hoping for treatment. On March 30th, doctors will perform a tonsillectomy. After recovery, she will be able to breathe better and sleep more restfully at night. Now, Thida needs help to fund this $241 procedure.

Thida’s mother shared, “I hope after surgery that my daughter can breathe and swallow better than before. She often misses school, and she wants an education.”

Thida is a five-year-old child and her father is a blacksmith while her mother is a seller in the market. One of the things she likes to do ...

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Thida's Timeline

  • March 30, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Thida was submitted by Ellen Interlandi, Volunteer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • March 30, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Thida 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 2, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thida's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 12, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Thida's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 30, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thida'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 $241 for Thida's treatment
Hospital Fees
$52
Medical Staff
$188
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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