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Success! Reach from Cambodia raised $265 to fund a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy so he can live much more comfortably.

Reach
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  • $265 raised, $0 to go
$265
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$0
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Fully funded
Reach's treatment was fully funded on December 3, 2022.

Photo of Reach post-operation

December 17, 2022

Reach underwent a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy so he can live much more comfortably.

Reach and his family traveled three hours to CSC for his surgery. He had a successful operation and his fears were soothed by the gentleness of the ENT staff who took good care of him. He spent a few days in the hospital until surgeons were sure he could travel home. He will now be able to grow up without worrying about the infection coming back. He can breathe easily, swallow his food without pain, and sleep much better at night.

Reach’s mother said: “We are thankful to the staff and for the success of the operation. Now we can return home and not worry about always having to find a clinic for Reach when he is sick. He has an appetite and will grow like other children and do well in school. Thank you. He will have a chance at a good life.”

Reach and his family traveled three hours to CSC for his surgery. He had a successful operation and his fears were soothed by the gentleness...

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August 8, 2022

Reach is an inquisitive two-year-old toddler from Cambodia who loves playing with toy cars and eating his favorite meal: fried meat with milk! He has an older sister, who is in primary school. His father works as a policeman, and his mother works as a seller at the local market. When Reach grows up, he wants to be a policeman just like his father!

For about a year, Reach has been experiencing fevers, snoring, a sore throat, and difficulty swallowing and drinking. Despite his mother taking him to multiple medical clinics, his condition has not improved. Reach was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils and adenoids. If not treated, his symptoms will persist and possibly intensify over time.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $265 to fund a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for Reach. On August 8th, surgeons will remove his tonsils and adenoids, hopefully relieving him of his symptoms and helping him live much more comfortably.

Reach’s parents share that they hope he will feel better soon and sleep easily at night.

Reach is an inquisitive two-year-old toddler from Cambodia who loves playing with toy cars and eating his favorite meal: fried meat with mil...

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Reach's Timeline

  • August 8, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 8, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Reach 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.

  • August 8, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Reach's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 3, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Reach's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 17, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Reach's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $265 for Reach's treatment
Hospital Fees
$25
Medical Staff
$189
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • 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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