Mana is a curious 4-year-old boy and the youngest child in his family. He has an older brother and a sister. He does not attend school yet, but likes to play with puppets, or play football with his older siblings. He told us he would like to be a policeman when he grows up. His father sells Khmer cakes at the local market and his mother is a hairdresser.
Mana has been experiencing difficulty swallowing and a sore throat. He often loses his appetite and gets fever frequently. His mother has taken him for treatment at other hospitals but his condition has not improved. Mana 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 $241 to fund a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for Mana, which is scheduled to take place on March 14th. Surgeons will remove his tonsils and adenoids, hopefully relieving Mana of his symptoms and helping him live much more comfortably as he grows up.
Mana’s mother says, “I hope Mana will get better soon. I am worried he is small for his age and does not eat well because he is sick so often.”