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Success! Sing from Cambodia raised $221 to fund tonsil and adenoid surgey.

Sing
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  • $221 raised, $0 to go
$221
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sing's treatment was fully funded on June 25, 2018.

Photo of Sing post-operation

May 1, 2018

Sing underwent tonsil and adenoid surgey.

Sing’s operation went well. Surgery will improve his quality of life by the infection and discomfort. Surgery is also important to ensure he can sleep and breathe better. His mom feels happy that he won’t have to miss any more school.

His mother says, “I am happy that my son is feeling better. His throat is still sore but the infection will be gone soon and he can return to school. He is happy to be sleeping and breathing more easily again.”

Sing's operation went well. Surgery will improve his quality of life by the infection and discomfort. Surgery is also important to ensure he...

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April 30, 2018

Sing is a first grader. He likes to study mathematics and wants to be a police officer when he grows up. He has an older brother and an older sister. He likes playing games and watching TV.

For the past year, Sing has had a recurrent infection. He experiences nasal obstruction, runny nose, sneezing, and snoring.

Sing needs to have a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy surgery to get rid of the infection and make him well again. This will allow him to breathe and sleep well and return to school.

Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo surgery on April 30. Now, he needs help raising $221 to fund this procedure.

Sing is a first grader. He likes to study mathematics and wants to be a police officer when he grows up. He has an older brother and an olde...

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Sing's Timeline

  • April 30, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sing was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • April 30, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sing 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.

  • April 30, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sing's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 01, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sing's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 25, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sing'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 Sing'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.

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