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Success! Phearith from Cambodia raised $925 to fund surgery to improve his hearing.

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Phearith's treatment was fully funded on December 28, 2020.

Photo of Phearith post-operation

July 9, 2020

Phearith underwent surgery to improve his hearing.

Phearith’s surgery was successful. He will return to Children’s Surgical Centre later in the month for removal of the otowick, a spongy material inserted into his ear that is helping to keep the swelling down. The pain, irritation, and discharge he was experiencing have been alleviated, and when he is fully recovered, he will enjoy improved hearing as well.

Phearith’s mother shared, “I am so happy that the result of this surgery is good, because now we do not have to spend so much money for the medicine for my son’s ear. He will be able to heal and get better by himself, so he can live freely.”

Phearith's surgery was successful. He will return to Children's Surgical Centre later in the month for removal of the otowick, a spongy mate...

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June 4, 2020

Phearith is ten-year-old student from Cambodia. He lives with his family in Kampongcham province. His mother is a farmer and he has three older siblings. His father passed away when he was two years old. He told us he enjoys reading books at school and eating chicken soup, and during free time, he likes to play with his sister.

Five years ago, Phearith had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. Phearith now experiences itchiness and pus discharge in his ear, and the condition is not responsive to medicine. His family has had to pay for ear drop treatments that have not healed Phearith’s ear.

Phearith traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On June 4th, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his right ear ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $925 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Phearith said, “I hope that I can have good ears again because I want to be a policeman and I need good hearing.”

Phearith is ten-year-old student from Cambodia. He lives with his family in Kampongcham province. His mother is a farmer and he has three ol...

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Phearith's Timeline

  • June 4, 2020

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

  • June 4, 2020

    Phearith 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 5, 2020

    Phearith's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 9, 2020

    Phearith's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 28, 2020

    Phearith's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 22 donors

Funded by 22 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $925 for Phearith'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 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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