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Success! Ratha from Cambodia raised $809 for surgery to restore her hearing.

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Ratha's treatment was fully funded on July 8, 2016.

Photo of Ratha post-operation

August 22, 2016

Ratha received successful surgery to restore her hearing.

Ratha’s mastoidectomy went well. She will have her sutures removed in ten days, and her ear discharge and pain have stopped.

“I am very happy that my wife’s operation went well and her ear discharge will stop,” shared Ratha’s husband, who accompanied her to the hospital.

Ratha's mastoidectomy went well. She will have her sutures removed in ten days, and her ear discharge and pain have stopped. "I am very h...

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June 14, 2016

Ratha is a 35-year-old farmer from Cambodia who is married with three sons and two daughters. She enjoys cooking, growing vegetables, and listening to the radio. She traveled three hours with her husband on motorbike to reach Children’s Surgical centre (CSC) for treatment.

Ratha began having ear discharge from her left ear when she was a child. An ear infection caused her left tympanic membrane to perforate and she has experienced hearing loss, recurrent discharge, and pain on her left ear. Ear, nose and throat doctors at CSC have discovered a cholesteatoma in her left ear. She is unhappy about her ear pain and her poor hearing makes it difficult to communicate with people.

For $809, surgeons will perform a mastoidectomy surgery to remove the cholesteatoma, which will cause her ear discharge and pain to stop.

Ratha is a 35-year-old farmer from Cambodia who is married with three sons and two daughters. She enjoys cooking, growing vegetables, and li...

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Ratha's Timeline

  • June 14, 2016

    Ratha was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • June 15, 2016

    Ratha 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.

  • July 1, 2016

    Ratha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 8, 2016

    Ratha's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 22, 2016

    Ratha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 28 donors

Funded by 28 donors

  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

A mastoidectomy is a surgical procedure that removes diseased mastoid air cells. A patient who needs a mastoidectomy will experience hearing loss, chronic ear infections, and possibly cholesteatoma—an abnormal skin growth in the middle ear. Cholesteatomas cause hearing loss and ear discharge. The cholesteatoma will erode bones in the middle ear and can eventually expose the brain and cause death in complicated, untreated cases.

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

Patients live with hearing loss and chronic ear infections.

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

Treated incorrectly or left untreated, an infected mastoid bone can cause hearing loss, persistent ear discharge, meningitis, temporary dizziness, and temporary loss of taste. Due to poor hygiene and limited education in rural Cambodia, patients are likely to experience complications and receive the incorrect treatment.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

A mastoidectomy is performed with the patient asleep under general anesthesia. Surgeons will perform one of several different types of mastoidectomy, depending on the amount of infection present. These include: • Simple (or closed) mastoidectomy: The operation is performed through the ear or through an incision behind the ear. The surgeon opens the mastoid bone and removes the infected air cells. The eardrum is incised to drain the middle ear. Topical antibiotics are placed in the ear. • Radical mastoidectomy: This procedure removes the most bone and is usually performed for extensive spread of a cholesteatoma. The eardrum and middle ear structures may be completely removed. Usually the stapes, the "stirrup"-shaped bone, is spared to preserve some hearing. • Modified radical mastoidectomy: In this procedure, some middle ear bones are left in place, and the eardrum is rebuilt by tympanoplasty. After surgery, the wound is stitched up around a drainage tube, and a dressing is applied.

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

This treatment will relieve chronic ear infections, hearing loss, and other symptoms caused by the infected mastoid bone.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This treatment is highly effective, but it poses risks if performed by an inexperienced surgeon. The operation is near the facial nerve and the brain, so surgeons must be careful when operating. At Children's Surgical Centre, ENT surgeons only operate on cases about which they feel confident.

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

Care for this condition is not easily accessible in Phnom Penh. Only one other hospital performs ENT surgery, but care at that hospital is expensive. The ENT surgeons at our medical partner have a proven record of successful cases.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Once the infection stops responding to antibiotics, surgery is the only option.

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Mercy is a 28-year-old subsistence farmer from Malawi. She lives in a grass-thatched house with her husband and their three children. Her oldest child is nine years old and attends school, while her youngest is five years old. She and her husband also take care of her 93-year-old grandmother who depends on them. Mercy and her husband farm together and their farm produces enough food to feed the family, but not enough to sell a surplus. To supplement their income, she and her husband also work on other people's farms. In 2018, Mercy noticed a small lump on the left side of her neck. Over the years, the lump has grown and is hard and painful. After having several appointments rescheduled, Mercy finally got a scan and was referred to a lab for thyroid tests and to a surgeon. The lab tests and transportation costs have greatly impacted her family’s income, and it has taken her three years to have all of the required testing. She was finally diagnosed with an enlarged thyroid and surgery was recommended to heal her condition. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH) is helping Mercy to receive treatment. On September 2nd, she will undergo a thyroidectomy at AMH's care center. Now, she needs help raising $1,015 to fund her procedure and care. Mercy shared, "this condition is not only affecting me, but mainly my helpless 93 years old grandmother and also my family. I can no longer draw water for my grandmother and my children are too young to help. My husband is now getting exhausted combining farm work and household chores. Please assist me with this surgery so I can start helping my family again."

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