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Success! Ranika from Cambodia raised $241 to fund surgery to remove her tonsils.

Ranika
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  • $241 raised, $0 to go
$241
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Ranika's treatment was fully funded on December 21, 2020.

Photo of Ranika post-operation

December 21, 2020

Ranika underwent surgery to remove her tonsils.

Ranika has had chronic tonsillitis since she was about 2 years old, with frequent fevers, difficulty swallowing, and pain. After her tonsillectomy, she was given pain medication and oral antibiotics, and instructed to stay away from very cold or very hot fluids. After surgery, she has had mild pain, no infection, and is looking forward to reading at school, and helping her mom with housework. Her mom is happy that she will grow up normally now that she is better.

Ranika said, “I am happy after my surgery. I look forward to feeling better and not having any more problems swallowing or breathing.”

Ranika has had chronic tonsillitis since she was about 2 years old, with frequent fevers, difficulty swallowing, and pain. After her tonsill...

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October 15, 2020

Ranika is an 11-year-old student from Cambodia. She lives with her mother, who is a tailor, and her younger sister. She is in the sixth grade at school, and her favorite subject is math. She likes to read magazines and help her mother in her shop.

Since she was two, Ranika has had chronic tonsillitis. When this condition flares up, she experiences pain in her throat, difficulty speaking or swallowing, and occasionally a fever. Her mother brought her to our Medical Partner Children’s Surgical Centre, where the doctors will be able to perform a tonsillectomy.

Once her tonsils have been removed, Ranika will be able to study and do her daily activities with complete comfort.

Ranika’s mother told us, “This problem makes it difficult for my daughter to focus at school, so I hope that she will get better and be more comfortable.”

Ranika is an 11-year-old student from Cambodia. She lives with her mother, who is a tailor, and her younger sister. She is in the sixth grad...

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Ranika's Timeline

  • October 15, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 15, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ranika 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.

  • October 16, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ranika's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 21, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ranika's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 21, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ranika's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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