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Soklim is a future teacher from Cambodia who needs $241 to fund surgery to remove her tonsils.

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May 11, 2020

Soklim is 16 years old and likes reading books in English. Her favorite subjects at school are geology and sociology. She feels strongly that she wants to be a teacher when she grows up. She loves to eat chicken soup. Soklim has one brother and three sisters, and her parents are working in a garment factory in Sihanoukville.

When Soklim was 12 years old, she starting experiencing the beginning symptoms of tonsillitis. She began having a persistent sore throat and difficulty breathing and swallowing. She went to a local clinic to receive treatment, but it was unsuccessful. In the last two years, she has experienced repeated fevers and pharyngitis. Her parents have had to spend above their relative pay for treatment, and Soklim has missed school.

Now, doctors at Watsi’s Medical Partner CSC will remove her tonsils in order to treat her symptoms for good. Once she recovers, Soklim will be free of pain and her difficulty in swallowing, and will no longer experience related health complications.

Soklim’s father said, “We have tried many methods to help this illness, but nothing worked yet. I hope that with this surgery, my daughter will be free of this pain and can become a regular student again.”

Soklim is 16 years old and likes reading books in English. Her favorite subjects at school are geology and sociology. She feels strongly tha...

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Soklim's Timeline

  • May 11, 2020

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

  • May 11, 2020

    Soklim 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.

  • May 12, 2020

    Soklim's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 02, 2020

    Awaiting Soklim's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.


    Soklim is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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