Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

Success! Yas from Cambodia raised $487 to fund ear surgery so she can communicate easily with others.

Yas
100%
  • $487 raised, $0 to go
$487
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Yas's treatment was fully funded on September 7, 2022.

Photo of Yas post-operation

September 17, 2022

Yas underwent ear surgery so she can communicate easily with others.

Yas and her family traveled five hours to Children’s Surgical Centre for treatment of her chronic ear infections and hearing loss. Her mother was concerned the treatment would not work, as they had tried many remedies. After surgery, she rested for a few days in the hospital. Her pain has disappeared and her hearing is already better, although it may be a few months before her hearing is fully back to normal. This will change her life because she will be able to communicate better with her family and they won’t have to spend money on expensive treatments.

Yas’s mother said: “I am happy to have my daughter feeling good again; she has felt poorly because she could not hear. Thank you for supporting her to have her ear fixed.”

Yas and her family traveled five hours to Children's Surgical Centre for treatment of her chronic ear infections and hearing loss. Her mothe...

Read more
April 19, 2022

Yas is a sweet five-year-old who loves to play and watch children’s shows. She is the youngest of four children, and her mother works as a food seller to provide for their family.

Three years ago, Yas developed an ear infection that caused the tympanic membrane, or the eardrum, in her left ear to perforate. As a result, Yas experiences hearing loss and ear discharge, and she cannot communicate clearly with others.

Fortunately, Yas’s family was able to travel to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), to receive treatment. On April 19th, Yas will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear, during which surgeons will close the perforation. Yas’s family was able to contribute $100 and CSC is requesting $487 to fully fund the cost of her treatment and care.

Yas’s mother says, “I hope her hearing will improve and the discharge will stop.”

Yas is a sweet five-year-old who loves to play and watch children's shows. She is the youngest of four children, and her mother works as a f...

Read more

Yas's Timeline

  • April 19, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 19, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yas 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 21, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yas's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 7, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yas's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 17, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yas's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $487 for Yas's treatment
Hospital Fees
$61
Medical Staff
$375
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • 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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.