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Sokphat is a caring aunt from Cambodia who needs $319 to fund surgery so she can breath easily.

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December 12, 2022

Sokphat is a 64-year-old woman from Cambodia. She has three sisters, all of whom are married. Sokphat is single and lives with her nephew. She manages all the housework and cooking for their household, and he helps support her living costs.

About three years ago, Sokphat developed nasal polyps, which are noncancerous growths in the lining of the nasal passage. Her nasal path to the eye duct on her right side has been blocked. As a result, she experiences headaches, nasal congestion, eye pain, and vision loss. She is not well enough to leave the house or do any housework.

Sokphat needs to undergo a dacryocystorhinostomy, a procedure in which surgeons create a new path for tears to drain between her eyes and her nose. Fortunately, she could travel two hours to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. On December 13th, doctors will perform a nasal polypectomy to remove the polyps. After recovery, she will be able to breathe more easily. CSC is requesting $319 to fund this procedure. Sokphat was able to gather $75 to contribute to her care.

Sokphat said: “I hope the doctors can fix the pain from my eyes to my nose so I can feel good again and take care of my nephew.”

Sokphat is a 64-year-old woman from Cambodia. She has three sisters, all of whom are married. Sokphat is single and lives with her nephew. S...

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Sokphat's Timeline

  • December 12, 2022

    Sokphat was submitted by Ellen Interlandi, Stakeholder Relations at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • December 13, 2022

    Sokphat 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.

  • December 13, 2022

    Sokphat's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Sokphat is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD

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

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Funded by 1 donor

Nasal Polypectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $319 for Sokphat'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 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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