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Success! Srey Ni from Cambodia raised $319 to fund a nasal polypectomy surgery so he can breath and sleep easily again.

Srey Ni
  • $319 raised, $0 to go
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Srey Ni's treatment was fully funded on March 7, 2023.

Photo of Srey Ni post-operation

March 27, 2023

Srey Ni underwent surgery so she can breath and sleep easily again.

Srey Ni was nervous to have surgery, but relatives told her she would receive good care. She underwent surgery and spent several days recovering in the hospital. Srey Ni is excited to breathe well again and is looking forward to having no more headaches. Surgeons are looking forward to seeing her in several months for an update - she is hopeful the polyps will not return.

Srey Ni shared: “I am relieved I will breathe easier and I can focus on providing for my daughter and husband. Thank you to the staff and the donors who supported me to have my surgery.”

Srey Ni was nervous to have surgery, but relatives told her she would receive good care. She underwent surgery and spent several days recove...

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October 18, 2022

Srey Ni is a 26-year-old homemaker. She is married, with a young daughter at home. Srey Ni grows vegetables around the house to supplement the family’s meals, and after she has finished her daily tasks and put her daughter to bed, she likes to watch television.

Several years ago, Srey Ni developed nasal polyps, which are noncancerous growths in the lining of the nasal passage. As a result of these polyps, she experiences difficulty breathing during the day, trouble sleeping at night, frequent headaches, and a runny nose. She often feels tired during the day, and lacks the energy to keep up with her daughter.

Srey Ni learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, and sought their help. Now she is scheduled to undergo a nasal polypectomy on October 18th, at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, after which she should breathe more easily, sleep better, and have the energy to match that of her daughter. Now, she needs your help to fund this $319 procedure.

Srey Ni shared: “It has been very difficult for me to care for my family when I feel poorly. I hope to sleep well at night, have no more headaches, and breathe easier.”

Srey Ni is a 26-year-old homemaker. She is married, with a young daughter at home. Srey Ni grows vegetables around the house to supplement ...

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Srey Ni's Timeline

  • October 18, 2022

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

  • October 18, 2022

    Srey Ni 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, 2022

    Srey Ni's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 7, 2023

    Srey Ni's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 27, 2023

    Srey Ni'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 $319 for Srey Ni'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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