Meet Makara, a 37-year-old farmer from Cambodia. In his free time, he enjoys planting trees and listening to the radio.
“When Makara was eight, he began having ear discharge and hearing loss in his left ear from otitis media,” reports our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). Otitis media is an inflammation of the middle ear, usually referred to as an ear infection. These sort of infections are common in areas of Cambodia where hygiene can be poor.
“Over time, this perforated his left tympanic membrane,” CSC continues to explain. For the past almost 30 years, Makara has continued to experience recurrent ear discharge, hearing loss, and a ringing in his ear. “I am unhappy that I have ear pain and there is a bad smell,” Makara shares. “It is difficult to communicate with other people.”
After hearing about CSC on the radio, Makara traveled to CSC with his cousin for proper treatment. For $399, doctors will perform a myringoplasty to repair the tear in Makara’s tympanic membrane. This will improve his hearing and stop the discharge and pain.
Makara is very excited to have his operation so that he can finally hear properly again. “I hope the ear discharge stops and I have good hearing,” he shares.