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Success! Sopheap from Cambodia raised $241 to fund a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy so he can breathe and eat well again.

Sopheap
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  • $241 raised, $0 to go
$241
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sopheap's treatment was fully funded on February 10, 2022.

Photo of Sopheap post-operation

March 4, 2022

Sopheap underwent a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy so he can breathe and eat well again.

Sopheap’s operation went well, and he was able to return home the following day. He can now sleep better and is not always tired. His wife appreciates that he is sleeping well and his snoring has decreased. Sopheap can go back to work as a tuk-tuk driver to support his family.

Sopheap said: “I feel so much better after my surgery. My appetite is better, and I can eat more easily without pain and difficulty swallowing. Thank you to CSC and the donors who helped me to have this surgery.”

Sopheap's operation went well, and he was able to return home the following day. He can now sleep better and is not always tired. His wife a...

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January 5, 2022

Sopheap is a 50-year-old father of three. He is a tuk-tuk driver and his wife is a tailor in a local market. His children are all married and live away from home. Sopheap hopes that he will be a grandfather soon. When he has free time, Sopheap likes to play chess with his friends and help his wife with housework.

For many years, Sopheap has been experiencing difficulty swallowing and a frequent sore throat. He does not sleep well at night and always feels tired. He often loses his appetite because it is painful to eat. Sopheap was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils and adenoids, which, if not treated, will cause his 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 Sopheap, which is scheduled to take place on January 5th. Surgeons will remove his tonsils and adenoids, hopefully relieving Sopheap of his symptoms and helping him live much more comfortably.

Sopheap said, “I hope after surgery, I will be able to breathe better and sleep at night. It is hard for me to work at night when I am very tired and don’t feel good.”

Sopheap is a 50-year-old father of three. He is a tuk-tuk driver and his wife is a tailor in a local market. His children are all married an...

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Sopheap's Timeline

  • January 5, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sopheap was submitted by Ellen Interlandi, Volunteer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • January 5, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sopheap 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.

  • January 7, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sopheap's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 10, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sopheap's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 4, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sopheap's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Funded by 3 donors

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