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Success! Sorann from Cambodia raised $291 to fund a nasal polypectomy.

Sorann
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  • $291 raised, $0 to go
$291
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sorann's treatment was fully funded on April 21, 2021.

Photo of Sorann post-operation

April 8, 2021

Sorann underwent a nasal polypectomy.

Sorann has now returned home after a successful surgery. This surgery will improve her quality of life by eliminating the nasal obstruction that created difficult breathing and headaches for her.

Sorann is grateful to have had the opportunity to correct her illness, and thanked the donors who made it possible. She told us that she plans to become the best teacher she possibly can be, now that her symptoms are gone.

Sorann’s husband shared, “I am happy her breathing problems have gone away, and this operation improves her life.”

Sorann has now returned home after a successful surgery. This surgery will improve her quality of life by eliminating the nasal obstruction ...

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March 10, 2021

Sorann is a 35-year-old teacher from Cambodia. She teaches elementary school students, and loves her work very much. She has four siblings, and her parents are farmers who live outside Phnom Penh. Outside of school, she loves to walk in nature and to take photos on her phone.

Three months ago, Sorann developed nasal polyps, which are noncancerous growths in the lining of the nasal passage. As a result, she experiences nasal obstruction, loss of smell, and sometimes headaches. It is difficult for her to breathe and sleep.

When Sorann learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for an hour and a half seeking treatment. On March 10th, doctors will perform a nasal polypectomy to remove the polyps. After recovery, she will be able to breathe more easily. Now, she needs help to fund this $291 procedure.

Sorann shared, “I have a hard time sleeping and it makes it more difficult to do my job well. I hope that I can get better so I can be the best teacher I can be again.”

Sorann is a 35-year-old teacher from Cambodia. She teaches elementary school students, and loves her work very much. She has four siblings, ...

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Sorann's Timeline

  • March 10, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sorann was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • March 10, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sorann received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • March 12, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sorann's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sorann's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 21, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sorann's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Nasal Polypectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $291 for Sorann's treatment
Hospital Fees
$23
Medical Staff
$219
Medication
$0
Supplies
$41
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • 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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