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Success! Theara from Cambodia raised $221 to fund tonsil surgery.

Theara
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  • $221 raised, $0 to go
$221
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Theara's treatment was fully funded on August 7, 2019.

Photo of Theara post-operation

May 16, 2019

Theara underwent tonsil surgery.

Theara’s operation went well. Surgery will improve his quality of life by eliminating discomfort. He will be able to sleep well at night again. He is looking forward to returning home to play with his friends.

Theara's operation went well. Surgery will improve his quality of life by eliminating discomfort. He will be able to sleep well at night aga...

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May 13, 2019

Theara is a boy from Cambodia. He is an only child, and he loves to play outside with friends and watch television. He wants to be a doctor when he grows up.

For the past year, he has had a recurrent infection that makes it difficult to breathe and sleep. Surgery can get rid of the infection and improve his quality of life. Surgery is scheduled for May 14 and will cost $221. He will be able to sleep again and focus better at school.

His mother says, “I hope that after surgery, my son will no longer have an infection and I won’t have to worry about his condition anymore.”

Theara is a boy from Cambodia. He is an only child, and he loves to play outside with friends and watch television. He wants to be a doctor ...

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Theara's Timeline

  • May 13, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 14, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Theara 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 16, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Theara's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 16, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Theara's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 07, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Theara's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $221 for Theara'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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