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Success! Vutha from Cambodia raised $464 to fund hearing treatment.

Vutha
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$464
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$0
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Fully funded
Vutha's treatment was fully funded on December 20, 2020.

Photo of Vutha post-operation

December 21, 2020

Vutha underwent life-changing hearing treatment.

Vutha had a smooth surgery and is doing well! After his surgery, Vutha has to return to remove the Otowick and suture in ten days, he also received ciprofloxacin ear drops for two weeks on his affected ear. With this treatment, Vurtha’s eardrum will fully heal, his hearing is greatly improved, and he will not experience ear discharge.

Vutha told us, “Today, I hear people speaking, I can communicate to my relatives more clearly,” and his parents added, “we are feeling so happy that our son’s surgery was done successfully, he can hear and communicate with others now.”

Vutha had a smooth surgery and is doing well! After his surgery, Vutha has to return to remove the Otowick and suture in ten days, he also r...

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October 5, 2020

Vutha is a 16-year-old monk from Cambodia. He lives at a pagoda in his local village and both of his parents are farmers. He also has three younger brothers who are living at home. Vutha keeps a busy schedule of daily chores, and when he has free time he likes reading books with other monks, and helping out the nuns who live in the pagoda as well.

Two years ago, Vutha had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his right ear ear to perforate. For this reason, Vutha experiences ear discharge and hearing loss. He can’t communicate clearly with others, and has consistent ear pain.

Vutha traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On October 5th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his right ear 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.

Vutha said, “I hope that my ear can be healed, so that I can do my duties well. It is difficult to do my daily work when my ear is hurting too much.”

Vutha is a 16-year-old monk from Cambodia. He lives at a pagoda in his local village and both of his parents are farmers. He also has three ...

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Vutha's Timeline

  • October 5, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 05, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vutha 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 06, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vutha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 20, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vutha's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 21, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vutha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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