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Success! SokChan from Cambodia raised $343 to fund surgery to heal her nasal polyps and help her breathe easily again.

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SokChan's treatment was fully funded on July 9, 2022.

Photo of SokChan post-operation

July 21, 2022

SokChan underwent surgery to help her breathe easily again.

Sokchan was nervous to have surgery, but relatives told her she would receive good care. She underwent surgery and spent several days recovering in the hospital. Sokchan is excited to breathe well again and said she feels like she has been reborn after many years of headaches. Surgeons are looking forward to seeing her in several months for an update and she is hopeful the polyps will not return.

Sokchan’s daughter said: “we are so relieved to see my mother cheerful again. She has been unwell but tried to make our lives good; now her life can be good again. Thank you to the staff and to the donors who helped my mother breathe well again!”

Sokchan was nervous to have surgery, but relatives told her she would receive good care. She underwent surgery and spent several days recove...

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March 9, 2022

Sokchan is a 45-year-old with three daughters and three sons. Three of her children are married, and the others still live at home. Her husband is a tuk-tuk taxi driver in the capital, Phnom Penh. She takes care of the house and spends much of her day cooking for her family. At the end of the day, she likes to watch television and the news.

For the past four to five years, Sokchan has had difficulty breathing, with frequent headaches and dizziness. She has nasal discharge and has lost her sense of smell. She feels poorly and has difficulty keeping up with family chores. This has upset her because she never knows if it will develop into something more serious.

Sokchan has visited several local healers for treatment, but her symptoms have not improved. Her relatives suggested she visit our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, for a diagnosis and treatment. Surgeons have diagnosed her with nasal polyps and plan to do a bilateral nasal polypectomy. Now she needs help to pay for the $343 procedure.

“I hope that I will breathe easier, and the infections will stop so I can take care of my family again. I am so worried about my bad health and want to feel good again,” she shared.

Sokchan is a 45-year-old with three daughters and three sons. Three of her children are married, and the others still live at home. Her hus...

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SokChan's Timeline

  • March 9, 2022

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

  • March 9, 2022

    SokChan 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.

  • March 11, 2022

    SokChan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 9, 2022

    SokChan's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 21, 2022

    SokChan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Nasal Polypectomy (Bilateral)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $343 for SokChan'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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