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Success! Viboth from Cambodia raised $464 to fund ear surgery so he can communicate better.

Viboth
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  • $464 raised, $0 to go
$464
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Viboth's treatment was fully funded on November 13, 2020.
October 6, 2020

Viboth is an 8-year-old elementary school student from Cambodia. He lives with his parents, who work at a local factory, and his younger sister. He is in the first grade at school. Reading is his favorite subject, and he wants to be a teacher when he gets older. He also loves to run footraces with his friends, and at home he likes to read more.

When he was five, Viboth had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his left ear ear to perforate. For this reason, Viboth experiences ear discharge and hearing loss. He cannot communicate clearly with others, and has a hard time participating in class.

Viboth’s family traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On October 6th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his left ear ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

His mother said, “I hope that this problem will not stop my son from going to school. He is a good student, but his ear infections make things difficult for him.”

Viboth is an 8-year-old elementary school student from Cambodia. He lives with his parents, who work at a local factory, and his younger sis...

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Viboth's Timeline

  • October 6, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 06, 2020
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Viboth was scheduled to receive 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.

  • October 07, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Viboth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 13, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Viboth's treatment was fully funded.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Viboth's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $464 for Viboth's treatment
Hospital Fees
$78
Medical Staff
$385
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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