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Success! Saray from Cambodia raised $925 to fund ear surgery so he can hear his family and his teachers.

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Saray's treatment was fully funded on September 4, 2021.

Photo of Saray post-operation

July 9, 2021

Saray underwent ear surgery so he can hear his family and his teachers.

Saray and his family traveled for 7 hours across the country to reach Children’s Surgical Centre for his treatment. After the procedure, Saray stayed at the hospital until surgeons were sure he would have no further complications. He has returned now to his province, and feels relieved that he no longer experience the symptoms of his ear condition. Saray will no longer have to miss school, can participate in all his classes without hearing difficulties, and be able to communicate better with friends and family.

His teacher at the school says, “Thank you to the staff for everything to keep him safe from this disease. He is a happy boy again and it will make his life better!”

Saray and his family traveled for 7 hours across the country to reach Children's Surgical Centre for his treatment. After the procedure, Sar...

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May 25, 2021

Saray is a 16-year-old student who with his mother and his five older siblings. His father passed away a few years ago. His mother and older brothers work as farmers. When he is not at school, Saray likes to help with household chores or go for walks with one of his brothers.

About five years ago, Saray had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Saray experiences pain, hearing loss, tinnitus and ear discharge. It is difficult for Saray to hear his family members, listen to the teacher at school, and in the past few months he has had to take time away from school.

Saray traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On May 25th, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his right ear ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $925 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Saray said, “I hope that this ear pain will be gone after surgery. I want to hear well at school and also listen to music on the radio when I am at home.”

Saray is a 16-year-old student who with his mother and his five older siblings. His father passed away a few years ago. His mother and older...

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Saray's Timeline

  • May 25, 2021

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

  • May 25, 2021

    Saray 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.

  • May 25, 2021

    Saray's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 9, 2021

    Saray's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 4, 2021

    Saray's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 25 donors

Funded by 25 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $925 for Saray's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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