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Success! Lorn from Cambodia raised $487 to fund surgery to heal her ear perforation.

Lorn
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  • $487 raised, $0 to go
$487
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$0
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Fully funded
Lorn's treatment was fully funded on November 4, 2022.

Photo of Lorn post-operation

November 15, 2022

Lorn underwent surgery to heal her ear perforation.

Lorn traveled five hours to our medical partner CSC and had successful surgery to repair her perforated eardrum. This procedure will allow her to live more comfortably and improve her hearing and communication. She remained several days at the hospital until surgeons were sure she had no complications, then she returned home. She will avoid any water in her ear, and apply drops in her ear to decrease the risk of infection. She hopes her life will change because, after so many years, she can eliminate the costs of her previous medications and have more funds to feed her family.

Lorn says, “I am so grateful that my hearing will return after so many years. I am very pleased I will have a better life and not suffer from ear infections and pain. Thank you to the staff and the donors who helped me to finally have my ear surgery.”

Lorn traveled five hours to our medical partner CSC and had successful surgery to repair her perforated eardrum. This procedure will allow h...

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May 17, 2022

Lorn is a 63-year-old farmer who is married and has one daughter. Lorn enjoys playing with her grandchildren and listening to the radio.

When she was much younger, Lorn had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. Now Lorn experiences pain, tinnitus, and ear discharge. She cannot communicate clearly with others and suffers from chronic pain.

On May 17th, Lorn will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $487 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Lorn says, “I really hope my ear pain will stop and my hearing improves!”

Lorn is a 63-year-old farmer who is married and has one daughter. Lorn enjoys playing with her grandchildren and listening to the radio. ...

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Lorn's Timeline

  • May 17, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 17, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lorn 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.

  • May 20, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 4, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lorn's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 15, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lorn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $487 for Lorn's treatment
Hospital Fees
$61
Medical Staff
$375
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • 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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