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Success! Chantha from Cambodia raised $319 to fund surgery for nasal polyps so he can breathe easily.

Chantha
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$319
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$0
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Fully funded
Chantha's treatment was fully funded on October 25, 2022.

Photo of Chantha post-operation

November 11, 2022

Chantha underwent surgery for nasal polyps so he can breathe easily.

Chantha was thrilled that he was able to have the surgery and breathe more easily. He was given antibiotics to clear up the infection and when his surgery site is healed, he can return to his normal activities to support his family.

Chantha said: “Before this operation, I was always feeling sick. Now I am much better, and don’t have pain or headaches. I can work again, and spend time with my friends. Thank you to the people who helped me to have this surgery.”

Chantha was thrilled that he was able to have the surgery and breathe more easily. He was given antibiotics to clear up the infection and wh...

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May 11, 2022

Chantha is a 37-year-old rice farmer. He shared that he has seven siblings and lives with his parents. When he is not farming, Chantha spends his time talking with friends, herding cows, and fishing.

Two months ago, Chantha developed nasal polyps, noncancerous growths in the lining of the nasal passage. This causes Chantha to experience difficulty breathing, discharge, and pain. He is worried because it is difficult for him to breathe and sleep well.

When Chantha learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 11th, doctors will perform a nasal polypectomy to remove the polyps. After recovery, Chantha will be able to breathe more easily. CSC is requesting $319 to fund this procedure.

Chantha says,”I hope my nose can heal so I can breathe easily and the pain will go away.”

Chantha is a 37-year-old rice farmer. He shared that he has seven siblings and lives with his parents. When he is not farming, Chantha spend...

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Chantha's Timeline

  • May 11, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 11, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chantha 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.

  • May 12, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chantha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 25, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chantha's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 11, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chantha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Nasal Polypectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $319 for Chantha's treatment
Hospital Fees
$25
Medical Staff
$240
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
Labs
$6
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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Thein

Thein is a 42-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband, son, daughter, mother-in-law and step-granddaughter in Palu Village, Myawaddy Township, Karen State, Burma. Thein’s husband is still recovering from an illness and is also looking after her as her caregiver. Her mother-in-law has impaired vision and is looked after by her children. Her two children stopped going to school in 2020, when schools closed due to COVID-19. After the coup in February 2021, their school never reopened. Thein works as a day laborer and as a farmer, but she has not been able to plant anything this year. In December 2021, she and her family had to flee their village for a month due to armed clashes in their village. After they were able to return, Thein was too scared to go to her farmland since she had been told that the area around the village is full of landmines. It has been a very difficult time for their family as Thein’s house was also destroyed during the armed clashes in their village. They are currently living with Thein’s mother-in-law, whose house partially survived the recent violence and destruction. Thein's family currently lives off of donations that Palu villagers receive as internally displaced peoples (IDPs), and the rice they harvested last year before they had to flee. Since July 2021, Thein has been experiencing backpain when she sits or lays down. She feels better when she is standing or walking. After she eats, she feels bloated and uncomfortable. She has been diagnosed with large abdominal endometriosis. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Thein's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Thein is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on July 20th. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered she will no longer be in pain and will be able to sit and lie down comfortably. Despite the hard moment they are in, Thein tries to stay hopeful about rebuilding her life: “When I recover fully, I want to go back to work so that I can earn money. I want to rebuild my house and live there with my family.”

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$1,092raised
$408to go

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