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Success! Phos from Cambodia raised $399 for surgery to repair his eardrum.

Phos
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$399
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Fully funded
Phos's treatment was fully funded on June 1, 2016.

Photo of Phos post-operation

July 1, 2016

Phos underwent surgery to repair his eardrum.

Phos’ surgery went well. He will have his sutures removed in 1 week and a followup appointment in 1 month. He feels mild pain on the wound and experienced tinnitus after the operation, but the discharge has stopped.

Now that he is healthy, Phos will return to working on the farm.

Phos' surgery went well. He will have his sutures removed in 1 week and a followup appointment in 1 month. He feels mild pain on the wound a...

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May 11, 2016

Meet Phos, a 55-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He is married with one daughter and five sons, and he enjoys playing football and taking care of the ground around his home. Phos traveled two hours with his grandson to reach Watsi’s medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC).

When he was 10 years old, Phos began having ear discharge and hearing loss from his ears. His tympanic membrane, or eardrum, is perforated on both sides. This causes him pain, hearing loss, tinnitus (a ringing in the ears), and recurrent ear discharge.

Phos is unhappy that it is hard for him to talk to people and that his ears are in pain. Surgeons at CSC can perform a myringoplasty procedure to repair the perforated eardrum and stop the discharge. This surgery costs $399, an amount that he cannot afford, and includes a one or two day hospital stay at CSC.

“I hope my ear discharge stops after my surgery and my hearing improves,” says Phos. His grandson adds, “I hope that my grandfather’s operation goes well and his ear discharge stops so he can have better health and hearing.”

Let’s help fund Phos’ surgery and get him back to his farm work free from pain!

Meet Phos, a 55-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He is married with one daughter and five sons, and he enjoys playing football and taking car...

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Phos's Timeline

  • May 11, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Phos was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • May 11, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phos 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.

  • June 01, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phos's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 01, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phos's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 01, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phos's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 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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