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September 10, 2019

Sokhorn is a 66-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has five sons, one daughter, and enjoys planting vegetables in her free time.

Ten years ago, Sokhorn developed nasal polyps, noncancerous growths in the lining of the nasal passage. For this reason she experiences headaches and congestion. She has difficulty breathing and smelling things.

When Sokhorn learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for half an hour seeking treatment. On September 11, 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 $267 procedure.

“I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to smell again and will no longer have any headaches.”

Sokhorn is a 66-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has five sons, one daughter, and enjoys planting vegetables in her free time. Ten...

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Sokhorn's Timeline

  • September 10, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 11, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sokhorn 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.

  • September 15, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sokhorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 14, 2019
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Sokhorn is currently raising funds for her treatment.

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Treatment
Nasal Polypectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $267 for Sokhorn's treatment
Hospital Fees
$23
Medical Staff
$196
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
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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