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Success! Yousrim from Cambodia raised $464 to fund ear surgery so she can communicate clearly.

Yousrim
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$464
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Fully funded
Yousrim's treatment was fully funded on April 9, 2021.

Photo of Yousrim post-operation

March 26, 2021

Yousrim underwent ear surgery.

Yousrim had successful surgery to repair her ear. Now, she must use antibiotic drops in her ear for the first week post-surgery to decrease the risk of infection and aid in her healing. She will return to the clinic in one week to have her stitches removed.

As a result of the surgery, Yousrim’s hearing will improve and she will no longer suffer from ear discharge or pain. This surgery has improved Yousrim’s outlook on life. Hearing loss had also previously affected her husband and family, and as a result they were very concerned about Yousrim’s condition and thought she would never improve. Her family is grateful to the team for her surgery and care.

Yousrim shared, “I am really excited and happy after this operation. My ear is better, no more discharge, or bad smell, and the infections will stop.”

Yousrim had successful surgery to repair her ear. Now, she must use antibiotic drops in her ear for the first week post-surgery to decrease ...

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January 19, 2021

Yousrim is a 57-year-old farmer who breeds chickens and ducks to sell. Last year, she suffered trauma to her right ear when insect flew into her ear. For three days she tried remove it but was unsuccessful. She self-treated by inserting rubbing alcohol in her ear and told us that it became really painful for her. Ever since then, she has ear discharge, ringing in her ear (tinnitus), and hearing loss. Yoursim’s son says he has to speak close to his mother’s ear for her to understand him.

Yousrim lives with her husband, and has two daughters, one son, and one grandson. In her free time, she likes to play with her grandchild, and watch TV.

Yousrim traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On January 20th, she will undergo surgery on her right ear. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure, covering medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Yoursim is optimistic that after the surgery she will stop having ear infections and discharge, the noise in her ear will go away, and her hearing will improve.

Yousrim is a 57-year-old farmer who breeds chickens and ducks to sell. Last year, she suffered trauma to her right ear when insect flew int...

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Yousrim's Timeline

  • January 19, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 20, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yousrim 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.

  • January 20, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yousrim's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 26, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yousrim's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 9, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yousrim's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

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