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February 23, 2020

Mengleang is a fifth-grader from Cambodia. He has two older sisters and an older brother, and he enjoys playing soccer with his friends after class.

Two years ago, Mengleang developed nasal polyps, noncancerous growths in the lining of the nasal passage. For this reason he experiences nasal obstruction, infections, and bleeding. He often has difficulty breathing and sleeping.

When Mengleang learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On February 24th, doctors will perform a nasal polypectomy to remove the polyps. After recovery, he will be able to breathe more easily. Now, he needs help to fund this $291 procedure.

“I hope that my son will be able to breathe without any difficulty again and I won’t have to worry about his condition affecting him anymore.” -Mengleang’s Mother

Mengleang is a fifth-grader from Cambodia. He has two older sisters and an older brother, and he enjoys playing soccer with his friends afte...

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Mengleang's Timeline

  • February 23, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Mengleang was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • February 24, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mengleang 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.

  • February 24, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mengleang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 26, 2020
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Mengleang is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Nasal Polypectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $291 for Mengleang'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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