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Success! Meng from Cambodia raised $464 to fund myringoplasty ear surgery.

Meng
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$464
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$0
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Fully funded
Meng's treatment was fully funded on December 22, 2020.

Photo of Meng post-operation

July 2, 2020

Meng underwent myringoplasty ear surgery.

Meng’s surgery was successful. He has been discharged with ear drops. Two followups have been scheduled: a one-week appointment to remove his sutures and a six-week appointment for an audiogram. After fully recovering, Meng will have improved hearing and he will no longer experience any pain or ear discharge. He will also be able to participate more in his school work and family life.

His mother shared, “He already looks happier now that his pain has gone away. I am so glad that the discharge will stop and we won’t have to worry about his ear all the time.”

Meng's surgery was successful. He has been discharged with ear drops. Two followups have been scheduled: a one-week appointment to remove hi...

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May 12, 2020

Meng is a 13-year-old student from Cambodia. Meng lives with his mother, who is working as a cleaner at a local primary school. His father passed away three months ago. Meng is in the seventh grade, and he has been studying online while his school is closed for the COVID-19 pandemic. He excels in mathematics, and he is a good football player. After playing football he likes to drink ice tea with lemon and coconut.

Nine years ago, Meng had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his right ear to perforate. For this reason, Meng experiences hearing loss, pain, and ear discharge. He cannot communicate clearly with others, and the chronic pain gets worse over time.

Meng traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On May 12th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his 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.

Meng’s mother said, “I hope that my son can hear well, and that his eardrum will be fixed and his hearing will improve after surgery. When he goes back to school, everyone will be impressed by his new ability.”

Meng is a 13-year-old student from Cambodia. Meng lives with his mother, who is working as a cleaner at a local primary school. His father p...

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Meng's Timeline

  • May 12, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Meng was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • May 12, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Meng 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.

  • May 13, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Meng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 02, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Meng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 22, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Meng's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $464 for Meng'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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