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Success! Sochea from Cambodia raised $831 to fund ear surgery.

Sochea
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  • $831 raised, $0 to go
$831
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$0
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Fully funded
Sochea's treatment was fully funded on May 22, 2017.

Photo of Sochea post-operation

March 7, 2017

Sochea underwent successful ear surgery.

ENT surgeons at CSC successfully performed a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. Following the procedure, she was given antibiotics, and her sutures were removed one week later.

Sochea says, “I am really happy that I had the surgery.”

ENT surgeons at CSC successfully performed a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. Following the procedure, she was given antibiotics, a...

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January 22, 2017

Sochea is a 37-year-old cleaner from Cambodia. She likes to take care of her two sons and one daughter, do housework, and spend time at the farm.

Sochea developed an ear infection in her left ear when she was seven years old. The infection eventually spread to both ears and perforated both her right and left eardrums. As a result, Sochea experiences ear discharge, hearing loss, and tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. It is therefore difficult for her to communicate with people at work.

Sochea originally went to a hospital in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, for treatment. However, she did not have enough money to pay for the necessary surgery. She later heard about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, from a relative. She traveled for one hour by motorbike with her mother to receive treatment.

On January 23, ENT surgeons at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre will perform a special surgery called a bilateral myringoplasty, repairing both of Sochea’s perforated eardrums and stopping the discharge and pain. Over time, Sochea’s hearing will improve.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $831, which will pay for Sochea’s surgery, medications, and eight nights in the hospital.

Sochea is a 37-year-old cleaner from Cambodia. She likes to take care of her two sons and one daughter, do housework, and spend time at the ...

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Sochea's Timeline

  • January 22, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sochea was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • January 23, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sochea received 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.

  • January 24, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sochea's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 07, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sochea's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 22, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sochea's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 33 donors

Funded by 33 donors

Treatment
Bilateral Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $831 for Sochea's treatment
Hospital Fees
$141
Medical Staff
$689
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?

The 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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