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Success! Brosmeas from Cambodia raised $241 to fund a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy.

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Brosmeas's treatment was fully funded on September 16, 2020.

Photo of Brosmeas post-operation

March 17, 2020

Brosmeas underwent a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy.

Broameas’ operation went very well, and surgery has removed his tonsils and adenoids, which has now relieved him of his discomfort. He will be able to sleep easily at night and can swallow, eat, and breathe again without pain. He is so happy that is breathing is normal again.

“I am so happy that my grandson’s surgery went well and that he is feeling much better than before.” -Brosmeas’ Grandmother

Broameas' operation went very well, and surgery has removed his tonsils and adenoids, which has now relieved him of his discomfort. He will ...

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February 17, 2020

Brosmeas is a first-grader from Cambodia who enjoys studying Khmer Literature and English. He also loves to drink orange juice and eat chicken soup. When he is not studying, Brosmeas likes to play games, such as soccer, and watch television with his two siblings.

When Brosmeas was four years old, he started experiencing difficulty breathing and swallowing, and often has a sore throat and snores when he sleeps. Surgery will remove Brosmeas’ inflamed tonsils and relieve him of his symptoms. He will be able to sleep and breathe without any difficulty, and return to eating normally again.

He hopes to become a police officer when he gets older.

“I hope that my son will recover from his surgery and he will no longer suffer from his condition.” -Brosmeas’ Father

Brosmeas is a first-grader from Cambodia who enjoys studying Khmer Literature and English. He also loves to drink orange juice and eat chick...

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Brosmeas's Timeline

  • February 17, 2020

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

  • February 18, 2020

    Brosmeas 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, 2020

    Brosmeas's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 17, 2020

    Brosmeas's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 16, 2020

    Brosmeas's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $241 for Brosmeas's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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