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

Rachhith
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$267
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$0
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Fully funded
Rachhith's treatment was fully funded on January 21, 2019.

Photo of Rachhith post-operation

December 7, 2018

Rachhith underwent nasal surgery.

Rachhith’s operation went well. Surgery will improve his quality of life by eliminating nasal obstruction and discomfort. Surgery is also important to ensure he does not suffer from difficulty breathing.

He says, “I am happy that my operation was successful and I am happy I can breathe easily and the infection is gone.”

Rachhith's operation went well. Surgery will improve his quality of life by eliminating nasal obstruction and discomfort. Surgery is also im...

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December 4, 2018

Rachhith is a twelfth grade student from Cambodia. He has three brothers and a sister. He likes to read and play football.

Sixteen years ago, Rachhith developed nasal polyps, noncancerous growths in the lining of the nasal passage. For this reason, he experiences nasal obstruction. It is difficult for him to breathe.

When Rachhith learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On December 5, 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 $267 procedure.

He says, “I hope I can breathe and sleep better after the operation.”

Rachhith is a twelfth grade student from Cambodia. He has three brothers and a sister. He likes to read and play football. Sixteen years ...

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Rachhith's Timeline

  • December 4, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Rachhith was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • December 5, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rachhith 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.

  • December 5, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rachhith's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 7, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Rachhith's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 21, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Rachhith's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Nasal Polypectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $267 for Rachhith'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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D is a 38-year-old man who lives by himself and used to wash cars in a mechanic's shop until his accident. Unfortunately, he had to quit his job because of his condition and he has had no income since. On April 2nd, his friends asked him to pick mangos. After climbing up the tree, the branch he was holding onto suddenly broke and he fell onto a rock. He broke his right lower leg in the fall. Unable to stand up by himself, his two friends supported him and arranged for his transportation to a local hospital. At the hospital, he received an x-ray and the doctor wrapped his lower leg in a bandage. He scheduled a follow-up appointment for the following week and went home. However, D did not go back to the hospital because he had no money. Two weeks later, he visited a local clinic because he was still in pain. He was referred to our medical partner's care center where an x-ray showed that he had broken both of the bones in his right lower leg and he was told that he would need surgery. Currently, he cannot walk and experiences pain in his lower right leg when he moves. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, D will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for May 23rd and will cost $1,500. This surgery will help D walk again and he will be able to find work after he has made a full recovery. D shared, "I lost my job after my leg was injured. I no longer have an income or a place to live. I do not have anyone I can depend on and I feel like I have no more hope living with this condition."

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