Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

Success! Bella from Cambodia raised $221 to fund surgery to help him breathe.

Bella
100%
  • $221 raised, $0 to go
$221
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Bella's treatment was fully funded on April 26, 2018.

Photo of Bella post-operation

April 6, 2018

Bella underwent surgery to help him breathe.

Bella’s operation went well. Surgery will improve his quality of life by eliminating discomfort. He will have an easier time breathing and sleeping.

His mother says, “I am happy with the results of my son’s surgery. I hope he continues to feel better.”

Bella's operation went well. Surgery will improve his quality of life by eliminating discomfort. He will have an easier time breathing and s...

Read more
April 3, 2018

Bella is a seven-year-old boy who is in the second grade. He enjoys studying science and wants to be an engineer when he grows up. He also enjoys playing tennis and soccer.

For the past year, he has had a recurrent infection, which makes it difficult for him to swallow, eat, and breathe. He is in pain. He needs to undergo a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy surgery to relieve his pain and get rid of the infection.

Fortunately, surgery is scheduled for April 4. Now, his family needs help raising $221 to fund the procedure.

His mother says, “I hope my son’s surgery will help him sleep better and he won’t be sick anymore.”

Bella is a seven-year-old boy who is in the second grade. He enjoys studying science and wants to be an engineer when he grows up. He also e...

Read more

Bella's Timeline

  • April 3, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Bella was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • April 4, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Bella 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.

  • April 6, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Bella's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 6, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Bella's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 26, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Bella's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $221 for Bella's treatment
Hospital Fees
$51
Medical Staff
$169
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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.