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Success! Chan Se from Cambodia raised $265 to fund tonsil removal so he can eat and breathe easily.

Chan Se
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  • $265 raised, $0 to go
$265
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Chan Se's treatment was fully funded on December 30, 2022.

Photo of Chan Se post-operation

January 20, 2023

Chan Se underwent tonsil removal so he can eat and breathe easily.

Chan Se and his mother traveled to our medical partner CSC where he had surgery to remove his tonsils and adenoids. He can now breathe easily and can sleep much better at night. Chan Se looks forward to returning to school on a regular basis and is happy he will not be sick anymore.

Chan Se shared: “I was always feeling sick, and couldn’t go to school or exercise 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 feel grateful that you helped to pay for my surgery.”

Chan Se and his mother traveled to our medical partner CSC where he had surgery to remove his tonsils and adenoids. He can now breathe easil...

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September 5, 2022

Chan Se is a 17-year-old 9th grade student. Chan Se has one younger brother, and his parents are farmers. At home, Chan Se enjoys reading and playing football.

Five years ago, Chan Se began experiencing difficulty swallowing and breathing. He often experiences a sore throat and difficulty eating and drinking. Chan Se 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 fundraising $265 to cover the cost of tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for Chan Se, which is scheduled to take place on September 5th. Surgeons will remove his tonsils and adenoids, hopefully relieving Chan Se of his symptoms and helping him live much more comfortably.

Chan Se shared, “I hope my pain stops and I can breathe easily.”

Chan Se is a 17-year-old 9th grade student. Chan Se has one younger brother, and his parents are farmers. At home, Chan Se enjoys reading an...

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Chan Se's Timeline

  • September 5, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 5, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chan Se 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 6, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chan Se's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 30, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chan Se's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 20, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chan Se's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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