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Success! Rachhou from Cambodia raised $291 to fund a nasal polypectomy so he can breathe easily.

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Rachhou's treatment was fully funded on December 28, 2021.

Photo of Rachhou post-operation

January 5, 2022

Rachhou underwent a nasal polypectomy so he can breathe easily.

Rachhou underwent surgery to remove the nasal polyps that obstructed his breathing. This was a major source of his discomfort, and it prevented him from being able to sleep. Now, Rachhou is thrilled that the headaches and pain will disappear, and he will be able to lead a normal life again.

Rachhou said: “I am grateful that I was able to have this surgery. I never slept well and had trouble breathing. Now I am more confident in my job, and I can help my mother to sell food. Thank you, I feel that now I can be more successful in my life.”

Rachhou underwent surgery to remove the nasal polyps that obstructed his breathing. This was a major source of his discomfort, and it preven...

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October 19, 2021

Rachhou is a 23-year-old food seller. He has three siblings who are all married. Rachhou lives at home with his mother, who is also a food seller, and his father, who is a scrap buyer.

Four years ago, Rachhou developed nasal polyps, or noncancerous growths in the lining of the nasal passage. As a result, he experiences nasal obstruction, itchiness, headaches, and pain. His mother took him to a government hospital four or five times, but unfortunately his condition has never improved. It is difficult for him to breathe and to sleep.

When Rachhou learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On October 19th, doctors will perform a nasal polypectomy to finally remove the polyps. After recovery, he will be able to breathe more easily. Now, he needs help to fund this $291 procedure.

Rachhou shared, “I hope I can breathe easily again and that my hearing improves.”

Rachhou is a 23-year-old food seller. He has three siblings who are all married. Rachhou lives at home with his mother, who is also a food s...

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Rachhou's Timeline

  • October 19, 2021

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

  • October 19, 2021

    Rachhou 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.

  • October 20, 2021

    Rachhou's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 28, 2021

    Rachhou's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 5, 2022

    Rachhou's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Nasal Polypectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $291 for Rachhou'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?

Nasal polyps are growths that line the inside of the nasal passage that can cause a blocked or runny nose, loss of smell or taste, stuffiness, tooth pain, and facial pain.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Nasal polyps can cause persistent discomfort through the obstruction of normal airflow and chronic inflammation. Other complications from untreated nasal polyps include exacerbated asthma, sleep apnea, and recurrent or chronic sinus infections.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

While some nasal polyps can be treated through steroid drops or sprays, the limited number of ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialists in Cambodia means that at a point when surgery is needed to remove the nasal polyps, patients are unlikely to receive it.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Removal of the polyps by nasal polypectomy is a surgery performed using a microdebrider or polyp forceps. The tool is inserted through the nostrils to take out the polyps, which avoids any skin cuts. Patients can generally return home a few hours after the surgery.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

A nasal polypectomy can clear a blocked nose and improve sinus infections, relieving the patient of the chronic discomfort caused by the polyps. It may also improve sense of smell if previously impaired by the nasal polyps.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Risks of a nasal polypectomy include nosebleeds and infection from the swelling of the sinuses. The proximity of the sinuses to eyes creates a very small risk of eye injury during the surgical procedure.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Cambodia does not have many ENT specialists, and such services can be expensive. Patients will travel for hours to reach Children’s Surgical Centre to receive care, arriving by bus, motorbike, or taxi.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Alternatives to a nasal polypectomy include steroid sprays, drops, or tablets to shrink the polyps. However, these are usually tried before surgery and if ineffective, surgery is required to remove the polyps.

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