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Success! Mareth from Cambodia raised $399 to fund ear surgery.

Mareth
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$399
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$0
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Fully funded
Mareth's treatment was fully funded on February 7, 2017.

Photo of Mareth post-operation

February 8, 2017

Mareth underwent successful ear surgery.

Following her procedure, she was given antibiotics to take for two weeks. Mareth can now return to her farm. She is scheduled for an audiogram six weeks after her operation to test her hearing.

Mareth says, “I am really happy that I had the surgery. I think my ear is healed and the discharge has stopped.”

Following her procedure, she was given antibiotics to take for two weeks. Mareth can now return to her farm. She is scheduled for an audiogr...

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December 26, 2016

Mareth is a 33-year-old farmer who is married and has one son. She likes to go to the farm, chat with her friends, and do housework.

When she was a child, Mareth developed an ear infection in her right ear. The infection perforated the tympanic membrane of that ear. Since then, she has experienced ear discharge and hearing loss. Despite taking medication from a pharmacy, her symptoms did not improve.

When Mareth learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for four hours to seek treatment. On December 27, ENT surgeons at CSC performed a myringoplasty surgery on Mareth’s right ear to repair the perforated tympanic membrane and stop the discharge. After recovery, her hearing will improve. CSC is requesting $399 to fund this procedure.

“I hope that I will have good hearing,” says Mareth, “and that I can go to work easily.”

Mareth is a 33-year-old farmer who is married and has one son. She likes to go to the farm, chat with her friends, and do housework. Whe...

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Mareth's Timeline

  • December 26, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Mareth was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • December 27, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mareth 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.

  • December 31, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mareth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 7, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mareth's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 8, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mareth's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Myringoplasty
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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Regina

Regina is a 13-year-old girl from Kenya. She is the secondborn in a family of three children. Her parents separated a few years back, and she and all of her siblings currently live with their mother in their ancestral home. Regina’s mother practices small-scale farming to provide food for their family. Her mother shares that she previously ran a small kiosk in their hometown where she sold fruits, but she has been unable to sustain the business since Regina fell sick in June. They currently rely on Regina’s grandmother to help support them. Regina has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Regina has been experiencing fevers and severe headaches. Although she and her family have been to different hospitals seeking treatment, they have not seen much change in her condition. Fortunately, they were referred to our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital, where she will undergo surgery to treat her hydrocephalus. Without treatment, Regina would experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $720 to cover the cost of surgery for Regina. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 17th and will drain the excess fluid from Regina's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Regina will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Regina’s mother says, “I am not happy that my child is in this condition. I want her to get well and bring back my happiness.”

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