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Success! Da from Cambodia raised $267 to fund nasal surgery.

Da
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$267
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Da's treatment was fully funded on January 15, 2020.

Photo of Da post-operation

October 14, 2019

Da underwent nasal surgery.

Da’s operation went well. Surgery will improve her quality of life by eliminating blockage inside Da’s nasal passage. Surgery is also important to ensure she can breathe normally. She feels happy that she can return to her village and her work.

Da said, “I am so happy with the results of my surgery, and that I can breathe again and no longer have any headaches.”

Da's operation went well. Surgery will improve her quality of life by eliminating blockage inside Da's nasal passage. Surgery is also import...

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September 9, 2019

Da is a 38-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three daughters and she enjoys watching television in her free time.

Two weeks ago, Da developed nasal polyps, noncancerous growths in the lining of the nasal passage. For this reason she experiences difficulty breathing, headaches, and nasal obstruction. She has difficulty breathing and suffers from congestion in her nasal passages..

When Da learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for seven hours seeking treatment. On September 10, 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 breathe more clearly and will not have any congestion.”

Da is a 38-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three daughters and she enjoys watching television in her free time. Two weeks ago...

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Da's Timeline

  • September 9, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 10, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Da 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 13, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Da's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 14, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Da's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 15, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Da's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Nasal Polypectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $267 for Da'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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73% funded

73%funded
$1,106raised
$394to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Adere

Adere is a nice thirteen year old boy who loves to go to school and study. He is in grade six and loves music. He spends his free time listening to country music and also loves to dance with his friends. His parents are farmers of teff and maize. But their harvest from their farm is very limited because of the hot and dry landscape. The population in the area is mostly supported by the government and NGOs for food and other basic needs. His parents have 12 children. Three of them are dependently living and the rest of the children are supported by their parents. Adere was born with congenital anomaly called Bladder Exstrophy. The child’s bladder is open to the air and not within the body. He leaks urine directly to his abdomen. As a result, he has bladder exposed to dirt which can cause infections and injury. Adere suffers from pain from irritation of the bladder, infection, and a bad smell from the continuous urinary leakage for the past years. In his classroom, he sits far from other students in the back alone. He mostly prefers to be alone, psychologically affected by the bad smell. His parents are always very worried and concerned because of his condition. They took him to a clinic in their area when he was a child, and the clinic told them this has to be treated in referral hospital. Their village is very rural that they couldn’t get to a hospital and the parents couldn’t bring him to the capital. Adere's brother said, “I believe he will have a normal life, free from any smell and psychological concerns.”

73% funded

73%funded
$1,106raised
$394to go