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Success! Sokkhay from Cambodia raised $127 to fund ear surgery.

Sokkhay
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  • $127 raised, $0 to go
$127
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sokkhay's treatment was fully funded on August 6, 2019.

Photo of Sokkhay post-operation

May 10, 2019

Sokkhay underwent ear surgery.

Sokkhay’s operation went well. Surgery will improve his quality of life by eliminating ear discharge and discomfort. Surgery is also important to ensure he does not suffer from hearing loss. He feels happy that he won’t have to miss any more work.

Sokkhay's operation went well. Surgery will improve his quality of life by eliminating ear discharge and discomfort. Surgery is also importa...

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May 1, 2019

Sokkhay is a man from Cambodia. Since Sokkhay was six years old, he has had a recurring ear infection, resulting in ear discharge and tinnitus. He is unable to hear out of his left ear, and previous medication he has taken have not been successful in clearing the infection on the left side.

Surgery will remove the pressure caused by a build up of fluids in his ear, and will allow for Sokkhay’s ear to heal and for him to regain his hearing. Surgery is scheduled for May 2 and will cost $127. He hopes to return to his work on the farm and driving his moto without any difficulty.

Sokkhay is a man from Cambodia. Since Sokkhay was six years old, he has had a recurring ear infection, resulting in ear discharge and tinnit...

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Sokkhay's Timeline

  • May 1, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sokkhay was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • May 02, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sokkhay received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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 04, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sokkhay's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 10, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sokkhay's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 06, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sokkhay's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Myringotomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $127 for Sokkhay's treatment
Hospital Fees
$47
Medical Staff
$79
Medication
$1
Supplies
$0
  • 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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