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Success! Vireak from Cambodia raised $265 to fund surgery to remove his tonsils and adenoids.

  • $265 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Vireak's treatment was fully funded on August 2, 2022.

Photo of Vireak post-operation

September 6, 2022

Vireak underwent surgery to remove his tonsils and adenoids and is excited to get back to school healthy.

Vireak and his mother traveled five hours to Children’s Surgical Centre where he had surgery to remove his tonsils and adenoids. Now, he will now be able to grow up without worrying about the recurrent sore throats and infections. As he heals, Vireak will breathe easily and can sleep much better at night. He looks forward to returning to school on a regular basis and is happy he will not be sick anymore.

Vireak says: “I was always feeling sick, and couldn’t go to school or play with my friends. I am excited that I will feel good again, and eat whatever I want. The hospital staff was very good to me, and I want to say thank you to everyone who helped to pay for my surgery.”

Vireak and his mother traveled five hours to Children's Surgical Centre where he had surgery to remove his tonsils and adenoids. Now, he wil...

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May 3, 2022

Vireak is an active nine-year-old boy. He is in the third grade and has one younger sister who is not yet in school. His parents are cashew farmers. Vireak likes reading books from school and helping his mother with housework when he isn’t studying or playing with his friends.

For the past several months,, Vireak has been experiencing difficulty swallowing when he eats, and has difficulty breathing at night. He has frequent fevers and sore throats, which have not improved with local medical treatment. He feels poorly and misses school, doesn’t want to eat, and has trouble breathing well at night. Vireak was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils and adenoids, which, if not treated, will cause his symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $265 to fund a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for Vireak, which is scheduled to take place on May 3rd. Vireak’s parents have helped to raise $37 towards his surgery where surgeons will remove his tonsils and adenoids, hopefully relieving Vireak of his symptoms and helping him live much more comfortably.

Vireak says, “I hope I will feel better and can swallow, breathe better, and stop having throat infections.”

Vireak is an active nine-year-old boy. He is in the third grade and has one younger sister who is not yet in school. His parents are cashew ...

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Vireak's Timeline

  • May 3, 2022

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

  • May 3, 2022

    Vireak 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.

  • May 3, 2022

    Vireak's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 2, 2022

    Vireak's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 6, 2022

    Vireak's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $265 for Vireak'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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