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

Dany
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Dany's treatment was fully funded on August 7, 2019.

Photo of Dany post-operation

May 16, 2019

Dany underwent ear surgery.

Dany’s operation went well. Surgery will improve her quality of life by eliminating ear discharge and discomfort. Surgery is also important to ensure she does not suffer from hearing loss. She feels happy that she will now be able to go back to work.

Dany's operation went well. Surgery will improve her quality of life by eliminating ear discharge and discomfort. Surgery is also important ...

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May 10, 2019

Dany is a 29-year-old mother from Cambodia. In her free time, she likes to play with her son and follow updates on Facebook.

Seven years ago, Dany 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, Dany experiences ear discharge, hearing loss, itchiness, and headaches. It is often difficult for Dany to hear, and she has a difficult time understanding and communicating with others.

Dany traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On May 13, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her 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.

She says, “I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to hear clearly again and my ear will heal.”

Dany is a 29-year-old mother from Cambodia. In her free time, she likes to play with her son and follow updates on Facebook. Seven years ...

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Dany's Timeline

  • May 10, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 10, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Dany's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 13, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Dany 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.

  • May 16, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Dany's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 7, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Dany's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 24 donors

Funded by 24 donors

Treatment
Mastoidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $842 for Dany'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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Jacentah is a farmer and a mother of eight; three are married and also do small-scale farming and the rest are still in school. Jacentah and her husband are both small-scale farmers, selling the farm products to earn a living and sustain their family. Jacenta needs treatment for her medical condition but their family cannot afford to fund it. Three years ago, Jacentah began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty in breathing and swallowing, heart palpitations, and a mass on her neck. Being a farmer, the condition has greatly affected her work performance as she feels tired easily when she starts working. She was diagnosed with euthyroid goitre. Before coming to Nyakibale Hospital, Jacentah visited a national referral hospital where a diagnosis was made but she could not afford the surgery. The condition was worsening so she chose to come to our medical partner's care center after she heard about a support program there for people in need of financial support. After a few tests were run, she was scheduled for surgery, which will prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Jacentah receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on December 28th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money. Jacentah says, "I was hoping that one day, I would get treatment to enable me to continue supporting my family. If you help me, I will be so grateful."

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Mary

Mary is a quiet and hardworking farmer. Mary and her husband plant maize on their one-acre farm and have four children aged between 33 and 24 years old. Their family is having a hard time financially due to the high bills needed to cater for their grandmother's hospital bills and she undergoes chemotherapy for breast cancer. Her children do not have sustainable jobs and are unable to pay for the treatment that Mary now needs. One evening, while Mary was listening to the radio , she heard about a medical camp that was organized by our medical partner's Kapsowar Mission Hospital in their area. She decided to seek medical advice from the doctors. After being seen, the doctors diagnosed her with a multinodular goiter that needed to be removed surgically. Before Mary sought medical care, she resorted to herbal medicine as she could not afford to go to a hospital. Years later, her condition did not improve and her general well-being has not been getting any better. She's become weak and cannot perform her daily duties of farming and house chores. Mary is unable to raise money for her surgery and is seeking financial assistance to get the surgery and lead a normal and painless life. Mary has had a long journey with her condition. In 2008, Mary began to experience troubling symptoms, including a mass on the neck, rapid heartbeat, increased sensitivity to heat and sweating. She visited the nearest healthcare facility where there were no diagnoses made. They advised her to go to a better facility for further investigations. But still many years later she hasn't been able to undergo the treatment she needs to heal. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Mary receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on November 17th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $936, and she and her family need help raising money. Mary says, “I want this mass to be removed for two reasons; so that I can continue with my daily chores and also, for my community to learn from my experience that herbalists cannot cure and should seek medical care at a hospital.”

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