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Success! Phally from Cambodia raised $925 to fund a mastoidectomy to improve her hearing.

Phally
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  • $925 raised, $0 to go
$925
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Phally's treatment was fully funded on January 6, 2022.

Photo of Phally post-operation

January 25, 2022

Phally underwent a mastoidectomy to improve her hearing.

Phally and her family traveled two and a half hours to have her procedure at with our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). Her surgery was successful and she remained at the hospital until surgeons were sure she had no complications. When her stitches were removed, Phally was thrilled with the results. Now, she will no longer have frequent infections or discharge and can communicate much better with her family and friends.

Phally said: “I am so happy to talk with other people now. I would like to thank the CSC staff for my care, and the donors who helped me so I can help my family and hear better than before.”

Phally and her family traveled two and a half hours to have her procedure at with our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). Her ...

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October 28, 2021

Phally is a 41-year-old vegetable farmer. She is the oldest in a family of five children, including two sisters and two brothers. Phally lives with one of her sisters. When she is at home, she likes to watch movies on TV.

Over ten years ago, Phally had an ear infection that caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Phally experiences hearing loss, tinnitus, and ear discharge.

Fortunately, our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), is helping Phally receive treatment. On October 28th, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure at CSC’s care center. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Now, CSC is requesting $925 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Phally shared, “I hope my ear infections and pain will stop. I want to return to the rice field to earn money and be able to hear people well.”

Phally is a 41-year-old vegetable farmer. She is the oldest in a family of five children, including two sisters and two brothers. Phally liv...

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Phally's Timeline

  • October 28, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 28, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phally 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.

  • October 29, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phally's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 6, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phally's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 25, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phally's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 22 donors

Funded by 22 donors

Treatment
Mastoidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $925 for Phally's treatment
Hospital Fees
$153
Medical Staff
$771
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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