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Success! Theary from Cambodia raised $241 to fund tonsil surgery to return to school.

Theary
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  • $241 raised, $0 to go
$241
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Theary's treatment was fully funded on September 17, 2021.

Photo of Theary post-operation

August 3, 2021

Theary underwent tonsil surgery and can return to school.

Theary had a smooth operation to remove the tonsils and adenoids that were causing her challenges. Now, she can breathe easily, sleep much better at night, and will be able to grow up without worrying about the infection coming back.

Her family is thankful to the staff and for the success of the operation. Theary’s father feels glad for his baby girl, “I am really happy and say thank you to the hospital for helping my daughter to improve. I am relieved she has good health and will become the smartest girl in school when she returns.”

Theary had a smooth operation to remove the tonsils and adenoids that were causing her challenges. Now, she can breathe easily, sleep much b...

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June 23, 2021

Theary is a seven-year-old first grader. She has one older sister, her mother is a farmer, and her father works in factory. Her favorite subjects in school are Khmer and math.

Since three months ago, Theary has been experiencing difficulty breathing and sleeping at night, causing her to miss school. Theary recently received a diagnosis of enlarged tonsils and adenoids, which, if not treated, will allow symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $241 to fund a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for Theary, which will take place on June 23rd. Surgeons will remove her tonsils and adenoids to relieve Theary of her discomfort.

Theary’s mother wishes for her daughter to live more comfortably, “I hope my daughter can get well so she can breathe easily and go back to school with her friends.”

Theary is a seven-year-old first grader. She has one older sister, her mother is a farmer, and her father works in factory. Her favorite sub...

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Theary's Timeline

  • June 23, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 23, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Theary 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 26, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Theary's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 3, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Theary's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 17, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Theary's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

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