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Success! Srey Neang from Cambodia raised $423 to fund ear surgery.

Srey Neang
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$423
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Srey Neang's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2016.

Photo of Srey Neang post-operation

February 1, 2017

Srey Neang underwent successful ear surgery.

Following the procedure, she was given antibiotics to take for one week. She had a follow-up appointment ten days after her surgery to remove the sutures. Now that Srey Neang is feeling better, she hopes to go back to school to study.

Srey Neang’s father says, “I am very happy that my daughter had the operation so that her ear discharge will stop and she will have good hearing again.”

Following the procedure, she was given antibiotics to take for one week. She had a follow-up appointment ten days after her surgery to remov...

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December 7, 2016

Srey Neang is 15 years old and in the tenth grade. She has two brothers and six sisters. She likes to read books and watch TV.

When she was 11 years old, Srey Neang had an ear infection in her left ear. The infection caused her left tympanic membrane to perforate. Since then, she has experienced ear discharge, hearing loss, and pain. Despite receiving treatment from an NGO in Phnom Penh, her symptoms did not improve. Srey Neang’s family was very worried about her hearing loss.

When Srey Neang learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for two hours to seek treatment. On December 8, ENT surgeons at CSC performed a mastoidectomy surgery on her left ear to repair the perforated tympanic membrane and treat the infection. After recovery, Srey Neang’s discharge and pain will cease, and her hearing will improve. CSC is requesting $423 to pay for this procedure.

“I hope that after I heal, I can go back to study and be able to easily listen,” she says. “I want to work at the bank one day.”

Srey Neang is 15 years old and in the tenth grade. She has two brothers and six sisters. She likes to read books and watch TV. When she ...

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Srey Neang's Timeline

  • December 7, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Srey Neang was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • December 8, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Srey Neang 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.

  • December 12, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Srey Neang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 31, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Srey Neang's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 1, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Srey Neang's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $423 for Srey Neang's treatment
Hospital Fees
$78
Medical Staff
$344
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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