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Success! Sroeun from Cambodia raised $831 to improve her hearing.

Sroeun
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$831
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$0
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Fully funded
Sroeun's treatment was fully funded on October 7, 2016.

Photo of Sroeun post-operation

November 4, 2016

Sroeun received successful ear surgery.

Sroeun had a successful myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. Following the procedure, she was given ear drops to fight infection and her sutures were removed after one week. Sroeun went home after the first surgery and has yet to return to have the same operation completed in the other ear. Because returning to the clinic requires taking a day off from work and usually a family escort, Sroeun may have had trouble finding a day to come back. Also, because Sroeun left CSC with better hearing in one ear, their problems with hearing are less of a burden making the second surgery a less immediate priority than the first. The second surgery will be free whenever Sroeun returns.

“I am really happy after the surgery,” Sroeun shared in her first post-operative appointment.

Sroeun had a successful myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. Following the procedure, she was given ear drops to fight infection and her...

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September 20, 2016

Sroeun is a 39-year-old woman from Cambodia who is married with two daughters and three sons. She likes to cook and take care of her kids at home. In her free time, Sroeun likes to help her husband on their farm.

Sroeun developed an ear infection on both sides when she was ten-years-old. This caused both sides of the tympanic membrane (eardrum) to perforate. She experiences recurrent ear discharge, hearing loss, and pain in both ears. Sroeun previously went to a private clinic for treatment, but her symptoms did not improve. Through her brother, Sroeun heard about Watsi’s medical partner, the Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). She traveled for three hours with her daughter to reach CSC for treatment.

To close the perforations, surgeons will first perform a myringoplasty on the left side. Then, after 6 weeks, they will perform the same surgery on the right side. The surgery will treat the infection and heal the perforated eardrums. This will also allow the pain and discharge to stop and her hearing to improve over time.

For $831, Sroen will receive the treatment and case she needs to improve her hearing.

Sroeun is a 39-year-old woman from Cambodia who is married with two daughters and three sons. She likes to cook and take care of her kids at...

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Sroeun's Timeline

  • September 20, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sroeun was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • September 20, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sroeun 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.

  • October 6, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sroeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 7, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sroeun's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 4, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sroeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Bilateral Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $831 for Sroeun's treatment
Hospital Fees
$141
Medical Staff
$689
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?

The 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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