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Success! Sineth from Cambodia raised $464 to fund hearing treatment.

Sineth
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$464
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Sineth's treatment was fully funded on December 19, 2020.

Photo of Sineth post-operation

July 1, 2020

Sineth underwent hearing treatment.

Sineth’s surgery was successful! His hearing has improved significantly, his tinnitus has been reduced, and all ear discharge has been eliminated. He has returned home with medication and a one-week followup appointment has been scheduled.

“I am so happy that I won’t have ear irritation troubling me at work and that the tinnitus is gone. I can hear better and am excited to communicate better with my family and friends,” Sineth shared.

Sineth's surgery was successful! His hearing has improved significantly, his tinnitus has been reduced, and all ear discharge has been elimi...

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May 5, 2020

Sineth is a 21-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has four sisters and two brothers. His parents are also rice farmers. He enjoys reading books in his free time.

When he was 15 years old, Sineth started to recognize his right ear had lost some hearing ability. He put water inside his ear expecting it would improve his hearing but it only worsened, unfortunately. Sineth had an ear infection, which caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his right ear to perforate. For this reason, Sineth now experiences ear pain and discharge. He cannot communicate clearly with others because of the hearing loss, and he could not continue in school for another grade year.

Sineth traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On May 5th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his 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 ear hearing will be improved after surgery, so I can communicate to my family, and other people as well. I also hope my ear pain and discharge stops. When I am better I want to work harder for my patients at our rice field,” Sineth said.

Sineth is a 21-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has four sisters and two brothers. His parents are also rice farmers. He enjoys readin...

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Sineth's Timeline

  • May 5, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 5, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sineth 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.

  • May 6, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sineth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 1, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sineth's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 19, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sineth's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $464 for Sineth'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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