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Success! Heng from Cambodia raised $464 to fund myringoplasty ear surgery so she can hear clearly.

Heng
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$464
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$0
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Fully funded
Heng's treatment was fully funded on May 7, 2021.

Photo of Heng post-operation

March 30, 2021

Heng underwent myringoplasty ear surgery so she can hear clearly.

Heng had a successful tympanoplasty (a myringoplasty procedure along with the removal of scar tissue). Now, she’ll avoid loud noises, take antibiotics for a week to reduce the chance of infection, and place ear drops in her ear for up to two weeks. While her ear is still healing, her hearing has already improved, she no longer has tinnitus, and she hopes her frequent ear infections are gone forever!

Heng shared, “I feel good, my life will be better than before. Thank you to people who helped me have this operation.”

Heng had a successful tympanoplasty (a myringoplasty procedure along with the removal of scar tissue). Now, she'll avoid loud noises, take a...

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February 4, 2021

Heng is a 57-year-old mother of five, with three daughters and two sons. Her husband died during the Khmer Rouge regime. She looks after five of her grandchildren and helps the family with farming and animal husbandry.

Since she was 24 years old, she has had ear discharge, and tinnitus; she has had significant hearing loss for the past 10 years and cannot communicate clearly with others.

Heng traveled to our medical partner’s care center hoping to receive treatment. On February 4th, 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.

She hopes that her ear will be free of infection, her ear discharge will finally stop and her hearing will be improved. She wants to feel better and be able to do more on her own.

Heng is a 57-year-old mother of five, with three daughters and two sons. Her husband died during the Khmer Rouge regime. She looks after fiv...

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Heng's Timeline

  • February 4, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 4, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Heng 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.

  • February 4, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Heng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 30, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Heng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 7, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Heng's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

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