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Success! Sreyda from Cambodia raised $926 to fund ear surgery so she can hear well.

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Sreyda's treatment was fully funded on September 9, 2022.

Photo of Sreyda post-operation

September 17, 2022

Sreyda underwent ear surgery to improve her hearing.

Sreyda was encouraged by relatives to visit the Children’s Surgical Centre because of ear infections and poor hearing, which impacted her ability to work regularly. Surgeons successfully removed the abnormal growth, and she stayed at the hospital for several days to recover. She was given antibiotics and ear drops to ensure the infection would not return. When her final stitches and bandages are removed in two weeks, she will have improved hearing and will be able to communicate better with her customers. This will help her maintain a steady income to feed and support her family.

Sreyda said: “My life has improved already because it will be easy for me to work and I feel healthy again. My relatives told me I already can hear them better when they talk to me. I am very thankful to the CSC staff and to the donors who helped me to have this surgery.”

Sreyda was encouraged by relatives to visit the Children's Surgical Centre because of ear infections and poor hearing, which impacted her ab...

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April 19, 2022

Sreyda is a 26-year-old grocery seller with five siblings. She currently lives with her parents and her sister. Sreyda enjoys watching movies and spending time chatting with her relatives.

Three years ago, Sreyda had a severe ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. This has now caused Sreyda to experience hearing loss, tinnitus, and ear discharge.

Sreyda traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On April 19th, Sreyda will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her right ear where ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is helping Sreyda and her family raise $926 to cover her procedure, medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Sreyda says, “I’m really hoping all of the ear discharge will stop and my hearing will improve.”

Sreyda is a 26-year-old grocery seller with five siblings. She currently lives with her parents and her sister. Sreyda enjoys watching movie...

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Sreyda's Timeline

  • April 19, 2022

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

  • April 19, 2022

    Sreyda 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.

  • April 21, 2022

    Sreyda's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 9, 2022

    Sreyda's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 17, 2022

    Sreyda's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $926 for Sreyda's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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