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Success! Kakada from Cambodia raised $241 to fund a tonsillectomy.

Kakada
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  • $241 raised, $0 to go
$241
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Kakada's treatment was fully funded on September 16, 2020.

Photo of Kakada post-operation

July 27, 2020

Kakada underwent a tonsillectomy.

Kakada’s procedure was successful. He will take antibiotics to prevent any infections, and have a followup appointment in one month to check the progress of his recovery. The procedure has lessened his throat pain and made it easier to swallow and breathe. Once he fully recovers, Kakada will no longer be at risk of these problems occurring again.

Kakada said, “The surgery was quick and I did not feel any pain. I am excited that my teachers will be able to hear my strong voice again.”

Kakada's procedure was successful. He will take antibiotics to prevent any infections, and have a followup appointment in one month to check...

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July 8, 2020

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.”

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...

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Kakada's Timeline

  • July 8, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 08, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kakada 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.

  • July 09, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kakada's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 27, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kakada's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 16, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kakada's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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