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.