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Success! Vannak from Cambodia raised $289 to fund nasal surgery to breathe better.

Vannak
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  • $289 raised, $0 to go
$289
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Vannak's treatment was fully funded on January 13, 2021.

Photo of Vannak post-operation

July 27, 2020

Vannak underwent nasal surgery to breathe better.

Vannak’s surgery was successful. He will continue treatment for one week with antibiotics and saline spray. He will no longer have difficulty breathing through his nose, and will not have to deal with sinus headaches.

Vannak said, “I am glad that my headaches will go away and that I will have an easier time studying.”

Vannak's surgery was successful. He will continue treatment for one week with antibiotics and saline spray. He will no longer have difficult...

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July 13, 2020

Vannak is a 19-year-old college student studying law. He lives at home with his parents, who are famers, and helps them with their work in his free time. He has two younger siblings in high school as well. In his free time he likes to play soccer and cook for his family.

Three months ago, Vannak developed an obstruction in his nasal passage due to a deviated septum inflamed by allergies. He has had had chronic nasal congestion for a long time, but lately he has had difficulty breathing and has felt lightheaded. He has had a difficult time focusing on school work, and is worried this condition is holding him back.

Doctors at Children’s Surgical Centre now plan to perform a nose reduction procedure in order to clear the obstruction and open up his nasal passage. He will be able to breath easily and will no longer experience any dizziness. He will also have an easier time dealing with allergies in the future. Vannak needs your help raising $289 to fund the cost of his surgery.

Vannak shared, “I am excited to feel good when I am breathing. It has been so long since I could breath easily through my nose so I am so thankful for this procedure.”

Vannak is a 19-year-old college student studying law. He lives at home with his parents, who are famers, and helps them with their work in h...

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Vannak's Timeline

  • July 13, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 13, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vannak 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.

  • July 15, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vannak's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 27, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vannak's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 13, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vannak's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Nose Reconstruction
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $289 for Vannak's treatment
Hospital Fees
$50
Medical Staff
$231
Medication
$1
Supplies
$0
Labs
$7
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

The patient experiences pain, bleeding, nasal congestion, and sometimes swelling of the nasal septum.

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

Patients experience difficulty breathing and sleeping due to nasal congestion, as well as a loss of confidence because of the disfiguring of their nose.

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

Motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of death in Cambodia, and as such, most fractures are caused by falling or being struck as a result of the accident.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient first consults with our staff and a treatment plan is arranged as follows: Day 1 - the patient takes an x-ray to confirm the fracture. Then, if the accident was caused less than a week prior, the patient will undergo antibiotics for one week before the operation is scheduled. Operation day - the procedure can last anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour and the patient will then recover at CSC for one night. Day After Operation - the patient returns home operation. Day 5 After Operation – Patient returns for removal of bandages and nasal packing (to keep the bones in place). One month after operation – Follow-up appointment is scheduled.

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

The patient will be able to breathe normally, sleep without disturbance, and the bones will heal back into alignment.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Success rates are very high, however, with all surgeries, some patients do not respond well to treatment and in a small number of cases, the outcome can pose no improvements.

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

Nasal reconstruction operations are accessible at a limited number of public and private clinics and hospitals at a cost that a majority of Cambodians cannot afford. Patients travel up to twelve hours to reach the Children's Surgical Centre for surgery, often taking multiple forms of transportation and finally arriving by bus, motorbike, or taxi.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

In some cases of infection, the condition can be treated by an emergency incision near the swelling of the nasal septum. However, it can sometimes provide only partial relief. Alternatively, Cambodians in rural areas may seek out less expensive options, such as traditional Khmer healers, to relive their symptoms. But this type of medicine does not yield sustainable or cost-effective results.

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