Mao is a newlywed from Cambodia. He used to be a construction worker, but he’s not working much now. He likes watching films with his friends.
Ten years ago, Mao 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, Mao experiences hearing loss, dizziness, and ear discharge. He’s not working and worries every day about how he could lose his hearing. He has spent his savings trying to treat it at the pharmacy and clinic near his house.
Mao traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On December 21, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.
His wife says, “I hope my husband can fix his ear problem so I don’t worry about him anymore.”