March 10, 2022
SokChea is a 57-year-old farmer. She and her husband farm their ancestral land; they have seven children who are all married and help them with the farming. She enjoys spending time with the family and cooking for her grandchildren.
When SokChea was about ten years old, she developed chronic ear discharge from both ears. Sometimes she would experience headaches, dizziness, and ringing in her ears. The infection she had caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in both ears to perforate. Now she cannot communicate clearly with others because it is hard for her to hear. She shared that this feels embarrassing for her so she shies away from speaking with strangers. Also, the medications she has used are costly for the family.
SokChea traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On March 10th, she 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.
“I hope that my hearing will improve and I won’t have to spend money to keep buying ear drops,” SokChea told us.
SokChea is a 57-year-old farmer. She and her husband farm their ancestral land; they have seven children who are all married and help them w...
July 19, 2022
SokChea underwent ear surgery so she can finally communicate clearly.
SokChea and her husband traveled several hours to our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre, where surgeons diagnosed bilateral chronic otitis media, with over half of her eardrum ruptured and vulnerable to chronic infection. This was the cause of SokChea’s hearing loss and fevers. She had successful surgery to repair both of her eardrums and will recover at home. Surgeons expect her eardrums to be fully healed within three months, and she looks forward to hearing normally again. This will help her in communication with her family and friends, and she told us that she is happy she will no longer be embarrassed by her hearing.
SokChea said: “I am so grateful that I will no longer have pain or infections. My family is happy that I will be able to hear them and our grandchildren. Thank you for making it possible for me to hear again. It will change my life for the better.”
SokChea and her husband traveled several hours to our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre, where surgeons diagnosed bilateral chronic...