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Success! Rath from Cambodia raised $913 to fund bilateral ear surgery.

Rath
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$913
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Fully funded
Rath's treatment was fully funded on August 5, 2020.

Photo of Rath post-operation

July 9, 2020

Rath underwent bilateral ear surgery.

Rath’s surgery was successful. He has been provided with ear drops and a followup appointment has been scheduled for an audiogram. Rath’s ear discharge has ceased and he is no longer experiencing any pain in his ears. After fully recovering, he will have much improved hearing and will be able to communicate easily with others.

Rath shared, “This surgery has opened up many new possibilities for me. I will keep working as a soldier, but now I want to get a scholarship and continue my education too, and see the world abroad.”

Rath's surgery was successful. He has been provided with ear drops and a followup appointment has been scheduled for an audiogram. Rath's ea...

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June 3, 2020

Rath is a 34-year-old from Cambodia. He and his wife have been married for ten years, and have three children together. They live on the army base where Rath’s unit is located. Rath is a good soccer player, and he plays often with others in his army unit.

When he was only 15 years old, Rath had a serious ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in both ears to perforate. For this reason, Rath experiences severe hearing loss and constant discharge from his ears. He also experiences tinnitus. His ears are chronically infected and require a lot of medicine. His lack of hearing has made it difficult to communicate and affected his career. His family is worried that he will have this problem forever.

Rath traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On June 3rd, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in both ears. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforations. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $913 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Rath said, “Once this ear infection is stopped, I will be able to hear better and maybe have an easier time in my work. Most of all I want to hear the voices of my children when they talk to me.”

Rath is a 34-year-old from Cambodia. He and his wife have been married for ten years, and have three children together. They live on the arm...

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Rath's Timeline

  • June 3, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Rath was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • June 03, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rath received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • June 04, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rath's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 09, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Rath's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 05, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Rath's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 22 donors

Funded by 22 donors

Treatment
Bilateral Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $913 for Rath's treatment
Hospital Fees
$141
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 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?

The 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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