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Success! Sokea from Cambodia raised $241 to fund tonsil removal.

Sokea
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  • $241 raised, $0 to go
$241
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sokea's treatment was fully funded on February 14, 2021.

Photo of Sokea post-operation

February 19, 2021

Sokea underwent tonsil removal.

Sokea had a successful tonsillectomy and recovered overnight at the hospital. After many months of poor appetite and difficulty breathing, she can now have a full recovery and healthy journey ahead.

Sokea’s mother said: “I am relieved because she can go to school and play with her friends. I am thankful to the CSC staff for helping my daughter.”

Sokea had a successful tonsillectomy and recovered overnight at the hospital. After many months of poor appetite and difficulty breathing, s...

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January 12, 2021

Sokea is a sweet six-year-old girl who enjoys playing with toys, telling jokes, and playing games. Her mother stays home to look after her, and her father is an engineer. She is the only child in the family.

For the past 5 months, Sokea has had difficulty swallowing and loss of appetite, which often causes vomiting of her meal. She often has a sore throat and runny nose.

Surgeons at Watsi’s medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre will preform a tonsillectomy to finally relieve her of these symptoms. Her family needs help raising $241 for her surgery. They are hopeful that she will be able to eat and drink normally after surgery and be feeling all better.

Sokea is a sweet six-year-old girl who enjoys playing with toys, telling jokes, and playing games. Her mother stays home to look after her, ...

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Sokea's Timeline

  • January 12, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sokea was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • January 12, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sokea 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 13, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sokea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 14, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sokea's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 19, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sokea's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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