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Bora is a 54-year-old farmer and grandmother from Cambodia who needs $397 to fund a nasal polypectomy so she can get back to her day-to-day life again.

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January 19, 2023

Bora is a rice farmer from Kampot province, known for its famous Kampot pepper. She has three sons, one daughter, and two grandchildren. Currently, she lives with her husband who is also a rice farmer. In her free time, she likes to grow vegetables around her home to supplement the family diet and sell them at the market.

About one year ago, Bora developed chronic tearing in her eyes. It is difficult for her to see well, and her vision has become blurry. She is unable to perform daily activities due to her vision and feels poorly.

Fortunately, doctors from our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, can help. Her nasal passageways are not properly draining tear liquid from her eyes, and she has also developed polyps - non-cancerous growths in the lining of the nasal passage. This tear duct build-up can lead to infection. Bora has been diagnosed with bilateral lacrimal sac obstruction and needs a polypectomy and dacryocystorhinostomy, which will be performed on January 19th.

She now needs help to pay for the $397 procedure, which will include the surgery, hospitalization, and her medications.

Bora shared: “I hope after surgery my both eyes will stop tearing, and I will able to easily to do all my work and see everything better than before.”

Bora is a rice farmer from Kampot province, known for its famous Kampot pepper. She has three sons, one daughter, and two grandchildren. Cur...

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Bora's Timeline

  • January 19, 2023

    Bora was submitted by Romanea Khun, Assistant Manager, CSC at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • January 19, 2023

    Bora was scheduled to receive 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.

  • January 22, 2023

    Bora's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Bora is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD

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

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Nasal Polypectomy (Bilateral)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $397 for Bora'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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