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Samich is a ninth grader and future doctor from Cambodia who needs $343 to fund surgical removal of nasal polyps.

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July 2, 2020

Samich is a sixteen-year-old student. He has two brothers and one sister. His father is a construction worker and his mother farms rice. He is in grade nine at school and shared that his favorite courses are mathematics and literature. He told us he would like to become a doctor when he grows up.

Samich has recently developed nasal polyps in his sinuses. These obstructions make it difficult to breath, and put him at higher risk of chronic infections that cause high fever. Left untreated, Samich would experience persistent pain and irritation. He would miss school more often and his family would have to spend their limited income for medicine and treatment.

Fortunately, surgeons at Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) can perform a nasal polypectomy procedure, and remove the polyps. After the procedure, Samich will able to breath normally and will no longer be at risk of any infection in his nose.

Samich’s mother shared, “I hope that he can have this nose problem stopped quickly, so that he can breath easily, have no pain, and continue his studying for his dream of being a doctor.”

Samich is a sixteen-year-old student. He has two brothers and one sister. His father is a construction worker and his mother farms rice. He ...

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Samich's Timeline

  • July 2, 2020

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

  • July 02, 2020

    Samich was scheduled to receive 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.

  • July 02, 2020

    Samich's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Samich is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD

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

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Nasal Polypectomy (Bilateral)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $343 for Samich'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 microdebrideror polyp forceps. The tool is inserted through the nostrils to take out the polyps, which avoids any skin cuts. Patients can generally return home the next day following 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 the 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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