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Success! Rachana from Cambodia raised $241 to fund tonsil surgery.

Rachana
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$241
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Rachana's treatment was fully funded on March 23, 2021.

Photo of Rachana post-operation

April 5, 2021

Rachana underwent tonsil surgery.

Rachana’s surgery to remove his tonsils and adenoids was successful. He’ll take antibiotics for a week and pain medication as needed while he heals. He is hopeful that his health will be better than it was before and looks forward to going back to school as he will no longer have to worry about frequent infections.

Rachana’s mother shared, “I’m so happy because he can go to school. I’m thankful to the staff at CSC for helping my son.”

Rachana's surgery to remove his tonsils and adenoids was successful. He'll take antibiotics for a week and pain medication as needed while h...

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February 18, 2021

Rachana is an eleven-year-old boy from Cambodia with two brothers and two sisters. His mother is a farmer, and his father is a construction worker. His favorite subjects in school are Khmer and English.

Since he was three, Rachana has had frequent throat infections. He breathes loudly at night and his parents shared that he feels poorly most of the time. They have tried many medications, but so far they have not helped Rachana to feel better. He has difficulty swallowing, and he is often in pain.

Doctors at our Medical Partner Children’s Surgical Center (CSC) have diagnosed him with tonsillar hypertrophy, and plan to do a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, which will remove the tonsils and adenoids to prevent future infections.

Rachana’s parents are excited for his surgery so that he will be better and it will be easier for him to swallow and breathe.

Rachana is an eleven-year-old boy from Cambodia with two brothers and two sisters. His mother is a farmer, and his father is a construction ...

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Rachana's Timeline

  • February 18, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 18, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rachana 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.

  • February 19, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rachana's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 23, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Rachana's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 5, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Rachana's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

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