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Success! Phat from Cambodia raised $464 to fund a myringoplasty to help improve her hearing.

Phat
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$464
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$0
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Fully funded
Phat's treatment was fully funded on March 13, 2021.

Photo of Phat post-operation

April 5, 2021

Phat underwent a myringoplasty to help improve her hearing.

Phat had successful surgery to repair her tympanic membrane. She is applying ear drops regularly to decrease risk of infection. Her life has improved dramatically as she is now able to hear again and to return to work at the garment factory.

Her mother shared, “We are happy with the results. Thank you to the staff for the surgery. My daughter’s ear pain has stopped, her hearing has improved, and she has had no more infections.”

Phat had successful surgery to repair her tympanic membrane. She is applying ear drops regularly to decrease risk of infection. Her life has...

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March 4, 2021

Phat is a 38-year-old factory worker who lives with her parents, her two brothers, and her two sisters. The rest of her family are all farmers.

Phat has had a history of ear problems since she was 10 years old. She has tried ear drops, but has continued to experience discharge and increased hearing loss. Phat was diagnosed with a persistent ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Phat experiences ear discharge, headaches, frequent infections, tinnitus, and hearing loss. She cannot communicate clearly with others and is frustrated about the symptoms she experiences every day.

Phat traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On March 4th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Phat shared, “I hope after surgery I will have no ear discharge and my hearing will finally improve.”

Phat is a 38-year-old factory worker who lives with her parents, her two brothers, and her two sisters. The rest of her family are all farme...

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Phat's Timeline

  • March 4, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 4, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phat 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 4, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phat's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 13, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phat's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 5, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phat's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $464 for Phat's treatment
Hospital Fees
$78
Medical Staff
$385
Medication
$1
Supplies
$0
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A myringoplasty is the closure of the perforation of the tympanic membrane in the ear. This surgery is performed when a patient has a perforated eardrum, certain types of hearing loss, and chronic otitis media (middle ear infection). A bilateral myringoplasty will be performed when a patient has otitis media on both sides. Patients experience difficulty hearing and communicating, in addition to chronic infection and daily ear discharge.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

The patient has difficulty hearing and experiences daily pain and ear discharge. These symptoms make it difficult to attend school or work regularly.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Many people in Cambodia are unaware that medical help is available for ear, nose, and throat (ENT) conditions. In rural villages, if a young child has trouble hearing, it may be assumed that he or she is deaf. For this reason, that child may not attend school.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

A myringoplasty is the closure of the perforation of the tympanic membrane. The temporalis fascia is grafted. An incision is made along the edge of the perforation, and a ring of epithelium is removed. A strip of mucosal layer is removed from the inner side of the perforation. The middle ear is packed with gelfoam soaked with an antibiotic. The edges of the graft should extend under the margins of the perforation, and a small part should extend over the posterior canal wall. The tympanomeatal flap is then replaced.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

This surgery will repair the perforated tympanic membrane, treat the infection, and stop the ear discharge. This operation has a high success rate of hearing improvement.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This surgery is highly effective with few risks.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Treatment for chronic ear infections is not widely available in Cambodia. There are only a handful of doctors in the country that will perform a myringoplasty, but their services are expensive. Children's Surgical Centre is the only affordable treatment option for patients coming in with chronic otitis media on one or both sides.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The alternative to surgery is antibiotic ear drops, but they have a far lower success rate. Many people neglect their pain and discharge for years, until total loss of hearing becomes a reality.

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