Kakada is a 14-year-old student in grade seven. He lives with his parents and his sister in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. His father is a motorcycle taxi driver and his mother works in a local factory. His sister is in elementary school, so Kakada likes to help her with her homework. He also goes out to play soccer with his friends after school.
Since early childhood, Kakada has experienced chronic nasal congestion and pharyngitis. He often has difficulty breathing, talking, and swallowing. When his pharyngitits flares up, it can also result in a fever that keeps him out of school. His parents have spent above their available income to obtain medicines for his condition, but it has not improved.
Doctors at Watsi’s Medical Partner Children’s Surgical Centre will perform a tonsillectomy to remove his inflamed tonsils. He will no longer experience any throat pain or nasal congestion and will be able to eat and sleep easily. His parents will not have to worry about further treatment causing financial issues for their family.
Kakada’s mother said, “I am so happy we have this chance to help our son. I want him to have no pain and go to school everyday so he can become a teacher.”