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Success! Muoy Ly from Cambodia raised $464 to fund ear surgery so she can communicate more easily.

Muoy Ly
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Muoy Ly's treatment was fully funded on December 3, 2021.

Photo of Muoy Ly post-operation

December 14, 2021

Muoy Ly underwent ear surgery so she can communicate well.

Muoy Ly is grateful that her symptoms have disappeared since she had her successful surgery. She now can hear better and no longer has tinnitus. Muoy Ly is able to return to work and now communicates well with others.

Muoy Ly’s husband said: “I am so relieved Muoy Ly has improved so much. She was so miserable, she is happy again. I want to thank everyone who helped her get better so we can return to our lives as a family.”

Muoy Ly is grateful that her symptoms have disappeared since she had her successful surgery. She now can hear better and no longer has tinni...

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November 9, 2021

Muoy Ly is a 37-year-old tailor. She lives in Kompong Chhnang Province in Cambodia with her family. She has one son and one daughter who are both elementary school students. Her husband is a car mechanic. Currently, their family lives with Muoy Ly’s mother to help take care of her. When she is not working, Muoy Ly likes to watch movies on TV and cook for her children.

When she was eight-years-old, Muoy Ly had a severe ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Muoy Ly still experiences pain and discharge. In the past five years she has experienced progressive hearing loss and tinnitus. Now she cannot communicate clearly with others.

Muoy Ly traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On November 9th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left 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.

Muoy Ly said, “I hope the doctors can help me get rid of this problem that has been with me for a long time. I am happy that I will be able to live in comfort.”

Muoy Ly is a 37-year-old tailor. She lives in Kompong Chhnang Province in Cambodia with her family. She has one son and one daughter who are...

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Muoy Ly's Timeline

  • November 9, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 9, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Muoy Ly 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.

  • November 10, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Muoy Ly's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 3, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Muoy Ly's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 14, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Muoy Ly's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $464 for Muoy Ly'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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Paw

Paw is a 24-year-old woman from Thailand. Originally from Burma, Paw, her husband, their three daughters and her parents fled in March 2021 after the Burmese military shot rockets into their village. In Thailand, as refugees, they cannot work, and have temporarily moved in with Paw's brother and his family. They receive rice from her brother's neighbors, while her brother's family provides them with vegetables and curries. In July 2021, Paw's parents and her two older daughters went back to their village when they felt it was safe to do so. Meanwhile, her husband and her three-month-old baby have stayed with her while she receives treatment in Chiang Mai. Two years ago, Paw noticed a mass on the right side of her neck. Her neighbor suggested she apply a natural remedy, but unfortunately, the mass remained and grew over time. In September 2019, she visited a local hospital in Thailand with her husband, but the surgery recommended was too expensive. She experiences pain near the site of the mass, and the mass is still growing. Paw sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). She is scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on August 16th, and now she needs to raise $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Paw shared, “I felt embarrassed and very upset when I first noticed that I had this problem. I will feel a lot better after my surgery because I have needed to receive it since I first went to see the doctor in 2019. In the future I want to look after my children and send them to school.”

100% funded

100%funded
$1,500raised
$0to go