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Success! Chhorn from Cambodia raised $913 to fund ear surgery so he can return to working at the market.

Chhorn
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  • $913 raised, $0 to go
$913
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$0
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Fully funded
Chhorn's treatment was fully funded on September 17, 2021.

Photo of Chhorn post-operation

August 9, 2021

Chhorn underwent ear surgery so he can return to working at the market.

Chhorn’s surgery is important to ensure the frequent infections do not further the worsening of his hearing loss. He feels happy that he will no longer have hearing loss or discharge, and can return to his work and helping his family.

His wife said: “I am relieved that Chhorn will soon be able to hear again. It was very difficult for him to work at the market because he could not hear. Chhorn will be able to lead a normal life again. Thank you to the surgeons who helped him regain his hearing.”

Chhorn's surgery is important to ensure the frequent infections do not further the worsening of his hearing loss. He feels happy that he wil...

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July 15, 2021

Chhorn is a 45-year-old food seller. He’s married and has two sons and one daughter. Chhorn and his wife rent a small stall at the market where they sell food. Chhorn loves being a dad and on the weekends he enjoys talking his children to the river and teaching them how to cook.

Many years ago when he was only five, Chhorn had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in both ears to perforate. For this reason, Chhorn experiences ear discharge, hearing loss, and tinnitus. He is in pain and cannot communicate clearly with others.

Chhorn traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On July 15th, he will finally 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.

Chhorn said, “I hope that my hearing will improve and the ear discharge will finally stop.”

Chhorn is a 45-year-old food seller. He's married and has two sons and one daughter. Chhorn and his wife rent a small stall at the market wh...

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Chhorn's Timeline

  • July 15, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 15, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chhorn 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.

  • July 19, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chhorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 9, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chhorn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 17, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chhorn's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 23 donors

Funded by 23 donors

Treatment
Bilateral Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $913 for Chhorn'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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Peace

Peace is a 60-year-old farmer and a mother of seven children. She is also widowed as her husband unfortunately passed away this year in May due to cancer of the stomach. Peace works incredibly hard to support and take care of her children by earning a living from the coffee and banana plantation that her husband left her with. In addition, she weaves millet baskets and mats earning her an extra income. However, she shared that due to her age, poor eyesight hinders her from weaving now. For a year now, Peace has been experiencing issues of stomach pain, backache, general body weakness paralysis, excessive bleeding, and great discomfort. At first, she thought it was simple abdominal pain and attended the clinic. She was misdiagnosed and given urinary tract infection treatment but was not relieved of her pain. Since then, Peace has been diagnosed with endometrial hyperplasia. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus to help her heal. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $219 to fund Peace's surgery. She is scheduled to undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center on August 5th. Once recovered, Peace will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Peace says: “I hope that once I am given financial support, my surgery will be possible, I will get well and continue with farming because my children are still in school and they need my support because they have no one else.”

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$107raised
$112to go

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