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Success! Kim from Cambodia raised $464 to fund eardrum repair surgery to help her hear and communicate.

Kim
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$464
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Fully funded
Kim's treatment was fully funded on August 3, 2021.

Photo of Kim post-operation

August 13, 2021

Kim underwent eardrum repair surgery to help her hear and communicate.

After her surgery, Kim no longer has pain, discharge, or poor hearing. She’s able to hear well and is hopeful to be able to communicate more easily with her children and neighbors. She shared that she looks forward to helping her children with their school work.

Kim’s husband said: “I am relieved that the surgery will help Kim to be independent again. She was embarrassed she could not hear and always had an infection. Now she can return to the farm with me to help support our family. Thank you to the donors who helped her get well again.”

After her surgery, Kim no longer has pain, discharge, or poor hearing. She's able to hear well and is hopeful to be able to communicate more...

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July 21, 2021

Kim is a 40-year-old farmer who is married and has three daughters who are all in school.

In 2016, Kim had an ear infection. This infection caused the eardrum in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Kim experiences ear discharge, tinnitus, and poor hearing. She cannot communicate clearly with others, and she experiences chronic ear discharge.

Kim traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On July 21st, she will undergo an eardrum repair procedure in her right ear to close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Kim shares, “I hope my ear pain and discharge will stop and my hearing can improve after surgery.”

Kim is a 40-year-old farmer who is married and has three daughters who are all in school. In 2016, Kim had an ear infection. This infecti...

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Kim's Timeline

  • July 21, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 21, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kim 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 23, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kim's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 3, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kim's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 13, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kim's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $464 for Kim'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.