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Success! Sinath from Cambodia raised $184 to fund surgery to relieve painful pressure in his ear.

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Sinath's treatment was fully funded on July 7, 2022.
July 19, 2022

Sinath underwent surgery to relieve painful pressure in his ear.

Sinath and his mother traveled for nine and a half hours to diagnose and treat his chronic ear pain. He had successful surgery with our medical partner at Children’s Surgical Centre and was able to return home after his stitches were removed one week post-operatively. He received prophylactic antibiotics and eardrops to aid in healing and decrease any risk of reinfection. After his incision heals in a couple of weeks, his hearing will improve, and he will no longer have frequent infections or ear discharge. This will improve his life because the infection made it difficult for him to sleep or attend school. He looks forward to an active life and no more ear pain!

Sinath’s mother said: “we are relieved that Sinath’s pain will go away and he will hear well again. This will help him in school and with his friends. Thank you to the doctors who fixed his ear and your help to pay for his care.”

Sinath and his mother traveled for nine and a half hours to diagnose and treat his chronic ear pain. He had successful surgery with our medi...

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June 3, 2022

Sinath is an eight-year-old boy with one sister and two brothers. Sinath’s parents are construction workers. In his free time, Sinath enjoys reading books and playing football with his neighbors. When he grows up, he wants to be a teacher.

Sinath has pain and fullness in his left ear. His mother took him to treatment at a local clinic but his condition has not improved. He’s been in so much pain that he cannot sleep at night, so his mother brought him to our medical partner, Children Surgical Centre (CSC), at the advice of a neighbor.

On June 3rd, Sinath is scheduled to undergo surgery on his eardrum to relieve the pressure and pain he’s been feeling. Sinath’s mother was able to raise $60 toward his medical care and our medical partner is helping to raise $184. Once the procedure is done and Sinath’s ear heals, he should be able to have a full recovery.

Sinath’s mother says, “I hope after surgery he can return to school and feel well.”

Sinath is an eight-year-old boy with one sister and two brothers. Sinath's parents are construction workers. In his free time, Sinath enjoys...

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Sinath's Timeline

  • June 3, 2022

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

  • June 3, 2022

    Sinath 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.

  • June 6, 2022

    Sinath's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 7, 2022

    Sinath's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 19, 2022

    Sinath's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $184 for Sinath's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A myringotomy is a surgical procedure to relieve pressure caused by excessive fluid buildup in the middle ear. This buildip causes pain and impairs hearing.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients experience a lot of pain and cannot sleep, go to school, or work. This condition also impairs hearing, making it difficult for patients to communicate. Children may develop speech problems or find their social participation limited.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Patients from rural provinces in Cambodia, which have poor hygiene and limited access to education, are more prone to infections.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient is usually given antibiotics for one to two weeks to settle the infection. Under general anesthesia, a tiny incision is created in the eardrum to drain the pus, and a tympanostomy tube is inserted into the eardrum to keep the middle ear aerated and to prevent reaccumulation of fluid. Without the insertion of a tube, the incision usually heals spontaneously in two to three weeks. The tube is either naturally extruded in six to twelve months or removed during a minor procedure.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

This procedure reduces pain and improves hearing so the patient can return to daily life.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

When antibiotics do not work, this surgery is the most effective treatment. It is usually used to treat a nasopharyngeal infection.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

There are few ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialists in Cambodia, and most are concentrated in major cities where the services are costly. If patients cannot afford to travel or pay for hospital treatment, they self-medicate with painkillers.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients may use antibiotics. If they do not work, this procedure is required to prevent permanent damage to the ear drum.

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