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Success! Sopheap from Cambodia raised $842 to fund ear surgery.

Sopheap
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$842
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$0
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Fully funded
Sopheap's treatment was fully funded on September 25, 2018.

Photo of Sopheap post-operation

July 20, 2018

Sopheap underwent ear surgery.

Sopheap’s operation went well. Surgery will improve his quality of life by eliminating ear discharge and discomfort. Surgery is also important to ensure he does not suffer from hearing loss.

His wife says, “We are happy with his operation and hope the infection clears up soon. Thanks for the help.”

Sopheap's operation went well. Surgery will improve his quality of life by eliminating ear discharge and discomfort. Surgery is also importa...

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July 17, 2018

Sopheap is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has one daughter and one son. He likes to watch TV and play volleyball.

Thirty years ago, Sopheap had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Sopheap experiences ear discharge and tinnitus. It is difficult for him to hear and has ear pain.

Sopheap traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On July 18, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

He says, “I hope my surgery goes well and my ear drum heals so that I can hear better.”

Sopheap is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has one daughter and one son. He likes to watch TV and play volleyball. Thirty years ago, Soph...

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Sopheap's Timeline

  • July 17, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 18, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sopheap 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.

  • July 18, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sopheap's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 20, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sopheap's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 25, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sopheap's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

Treatment
Mastoidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $842 for Sopheap's treatment
Hospital Fees
$153
Medical Staff
$688
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 mastoidectomy is a surgical procedure that removes diseased mastoid air cells. A patient who needs a mastoidectomy will experience hearing loss, chronic ear infections, and possibly cholesteatoma—an abnormal skin growth in the middle ear. Cholesteatomas cause hearing loss and ear discharge. The cholesteatoma will erode bones in the middle ear and can eventually expose the brain and cause death in complicated, untreated cases.

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

Patients live with hearing loss and chronic ear infections.

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

Treated incorrectly or left untreated, an infected mastoid bone can cause hearing loss, persistent ear discharge, meningitis, temporary dizziness, and temporary loss of taste. Due to poor hygiene and limited education in rural Cambodia, patients are likely to experience complications and receive the incorrect treatment.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

A mastoidectomy is performed with the patient asleep under general anesthesia. Surgeons will perform one of several different types of mastoidectomy, depending on the amount of infection present. These include: • Simple (or closed) mastoidectomy: The operation is performed through the ear or through an incision behind the ear. The surgeon opens the mastoid bone and removes the infected air cells. The eardrum is incised to drain the middle ear. Topical antibiotics are placed in the ear. • Radical mastoidectomy: This procedure removes the most bone and is usually performed for extensive spread of a cholesteatoma. The eardrum and middle ear structures may be completely removed. Usually the stapes, the "stirrup"-shaped bone, is spared to preserve some hearing. • Modified radical mastoidectomy: In this procedure, some middle ear bones are left in place, and the eardrum is rebuilt by tympanoplasty. After surgery, the wound is stitched up around a drainage tube, and a dressing is applied.

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

This treatment will relieve chronic ear infections, hearing loss, and other symptoms caused by the infected mastoid bone.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This treatment is highly effective, but it poses risks if performed by an inexperienced surgeon. The operation is near the facial nerve and the brain, so surgeons must be careful when operating. At Children's Surgical Centre, ENT surgeons only operate on cases about which they feel confident.

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

Care for this condition is not easily accessible in Phnom Penh. Only one other hospital performs ENT surgery, but care at that hospital is expensive. The ENT surgeons at our medical partner have a proven record of successful cases.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Once the infection stops responding to antibiotics, surgery is the only option.

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