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Samath is a monk from Cambodia who needs $291 to fund surgery so he can breathe and sleep more easily.

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March 8, 2022

Samath is a 37-year-old monk. His parents are farmers and he has four siblings, all of whom are married. He lives at the pagoda in his province in Cambodia and spends time meditating and reading books about the teachings of Buddha. He loves helping to pass the teachings down to younger monks who spend time at his pagoda.

Two years ago, Samath was in an accident and injured his nose. Samath developed nasal polyps, which are noncancerous growths in the lining of the nasal passage. Now he experiences frequent headaches and pain. Because he has difficulty breathing, he often gets lightheaded. He has visited many other medical clinics but his symptoms have not improved. It is difficult for him to breathe and sleep. When he does not sleep well, it is hard for him to meditate and do his work the following day.

When Samath learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On March 8th, doctors will perform a nasal polypectomy to remove the polyps. After recovery, he will be able to breathe more easily and now he needs help to fund this $291 procedure.

“I hope it will be easier to breathe and meditate after this surgery,” he told us.

Samath is a 37-year-old monk. His parents are farmers and he has four siblings, all of whom are married. He lives at the pagoda in his provi...

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Samath's Timeline

  • March 8, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 8, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Samath was scheduled to receive 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.

  • March 10, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Samath's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Samath is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Samath's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Nasal Polypectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $291 for Samath'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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64% funded

64%funded
$970raised
$530to go

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