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Success! Keang from Cambodia raised $464 to fund myringoplasty ear surgery.

Keang
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$464
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Fully funded
Keang's treatment was fully funded on December 7, 2020.

Photo of Keang post-operation

June 22, 2020

Keang underwent myringoplasty ear surgery.

Keang’s surgery was successful! Her doctors repaired her perforated ear drum that was causing her hearing loss and pain. Her ear drum is healing well and shows no signs of infection. The ringing and ear discharge have also stopped and her hearing will improve significantly. Once fully healed, her quality of life will improve significantly.

“Now I can hear better after surgery and I don’t feel as much pain as before. I will continue my work at the garment factory soon,” Keang shared.

Her husband also told Watsi, “I am so happy my wife’s surgery went well and that she can hear clearly and feels better.”

Keang's surgery was successful! Her doctors repaired her perforated ear drum that was causing her hearing loss and pain. Her ear drum is hea...

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April 23, 2020

Keang is a 37-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. She is married with a daughter and her husband works as a construction worker. She enjoys doing her housework, cooking, and taking care of her daughter.

Ten years ago, she went to the river to look for snails for food. When she was dunking in deep water her right ear filled with water. Since that day she has had ear discharge and pain. Keang also had a serious ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Keang experiences ear discharge, tinnitus, and hearing loss. She cannot communicate clearly with others or fully perform her job at the factory.

Keang traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On April 23rd, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

“I hope that my sister will able to hear clearly with no infection so she can feel better and do her job well,” Keang’s sister said.

Keang is a 37-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. She is married with a daughter and her husband works as a construction worker. She enjo...

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Keang's Timeline

  • April 23, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 23, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Keang 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.

  • April 24, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Keang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 22, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Keang's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 7, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Keang's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $464 for Keang's treatment
Hospital Fees
$78
Medical Staff
$385
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 myringoplasty is the closure of the perforation of the tympanic membrane in the ear. This surgery is performed when a patient has a perforated eardrum, certain types of hearing loss, and chronic otitis media (middle ear infection). A bilateral myringoplasty will be performed when a patient has otitis media on both sides. Patients experience difficulty hearing and communicating, in addition to chronic infection and daily ear discharge.

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

The patient has difficulty hearing and experiences daily pain and ear discharge. These symptoms make it difficult to attend school or work regularly.

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

Many people in Cambodia are unaware that medical help is available for ear, nose, and throat (ENT) conditions. In rural villages, if a young child has trouble hearing, it may be assumed that he or she is deaf. For this reason, that child may not attend school.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

A myringoplasty is the closure of the perforation of the tympanic membrane. The temporalis fascia is grafted. An incision is made along the edge of the perforation, and a ring of epithelium is removed. A strip of mucosal layer is removed from the inner side of the perforation. The middle ear is packed with gelfoam soaked with an antibiotic. The edges of the graft should extend under the margins of the perforation, and a small part should extend over the posterior canal wall. The tympanomeatal flap is then replaced.

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

This surgery will repair the perforated tympanic membrane, treat the infection, and stop the ear discharge. This operation has a high success rate of hearing improvement.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This surgery is highly effective with few risks.

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

Treatment for chronic ear infections is not widely available in Cambodia. There are only a handful of doctors in the country that will perform a myringoplasty, but their services are expensive. Children's Surgical Centre is the only affordable treatment option for patients coming in with chronic otitis media on one or both sides.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The alternative to surgery is antibiotic ear drops, but they have a far lower success rate. Many people neglect their pain and discharge for years, until total loss of hearing becomes a reality.

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