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

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Tina's treatment was fully funded on December 9, 2021.

Photo of Tina post-operation

December 16, 2021

Tina underwent a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy.

Tina had a smooth operation to remove her tonsils and adenoids. This was the main source of Tina’s discomfort, and she won’t have to worry about the infection coming back. She is able to breathe easily and can sleep much better at night. Her family is thankful to the staff and for the success of her operation.

Tina said: “I am so happy to feel better. I can return to work, and make money to support my growing family. Thank you to the CSC staff for improving my life, so I can work and care for my children.”

Tina had a smooth operation to remove her tonsils and adenoids. This was the main source of Tina's discomfort, and she won't have to worry a...

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September 7, 2021

Tina is a 31-year-old food seller who is married and has two young sons. Her sons are two years old and eight months old.

For the past year, Tina has been experiencing a sore throat and difficulty swallowing. Frequent illness interrupts her work and makes her upset and feel down. She was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils and adenoids, which, if not treated, will cause her symptoms to persist and worsen over time.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), is helping Tina to receive treatment. On September 7th, surgeons will remove her tonsils and adenoids, hopefully relieving Tina of her symptoms and helping her live much more comfortably. Now, CSC is requesting $241 to fund Tina’s procedure and care.

Tina shared, “I hope my throat pain will go away and I can feel much better after surgery.”

Tina is a 31-year-old food seller who is married and has two young sons. Her sons are two years old and eight months old. For the past ye...

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Tina's Timeline

  • September 7, 2021

    Tina was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • September 7, 2021

    Tina received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre in Cambodia. 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.

  • September 9, 2021

    Tina's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 9, 2021

    Tina's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 16, 2021

    Tina's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

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