Neth is an 11-year-old second grade student from Cambodia. She lives with her mother, grandmother, and one younger brother. Neth’s mother works in a factory and her grandmother is a merchant.
Five years ago, Neth had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. Now Neth experiences difficulty hearing, ear discharge, tinnitus, and fevers. She cannot hear well at school and is embarrassed by the ear discharge.
Neth traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On September 2nd, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her right ear ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $925 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care at the hospital.
Her mother says, “I hope my kid’s ear will improve and she will not have discharge anymore.”