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.”