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Success! Panha from Cambodia raised $423 to fund ear surgery.

Panha
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Panha's treatment was fully funded on May 15, 2018.

Photo of Panha post-operation

April 6, 2018

Panha underwent ear surgery.

Panha’s operation went well. Surgery will improve her quality of life by eliminating ear discharge and discomfort. Surgery is also important to ensure she does not suffer from hearing loss. Her mom feels happy that she won’t have to miss any more school.

She says, “I am happy with my surgery—I am feeling more comfortable and my hearing is improved.”

Panha's operation went well. Surgery will improve her quality of life by eliminating ear discharge and discomfort. Surgery is also important...

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April 4, 2018

Panha is a second grader from Cambodia. She has four sisters and one brother. She likes to draw, watch TV, and play with her friends outside.

When she was three months old, Panha had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Panha experiences left ear discharge, hearing loss, and tinnitus. She cannot hear clearly and has difficulty listening and focusing at school.

Panha traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On April 5, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Her mother says, “I hope my daughter’s hearing can improve and she can return to school soon.”

Panha is a second grader from Cambodia. She has four sisters and one brother. She likes to draw, watch TV, and play with her friends outside...

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Panha's Timeline

  • April 4, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 5, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Panha 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 5, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Panha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 6, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Panha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 15, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Panha's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $423 for Panha's treatment
Hospital Fees
$78
Medical Staff
$344
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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Roy is 1-year-old baby boy and the only child in his family. After he was born, his father stopped supporting Roy and his mother. Roy and his mother moved to his grandmother's home, and his grandmother sells farm products to sustain them. His mother is not able to work because Roy needs her attention, but sometimes she does some casual jobs when she can bring Roy along. The family does not have insurance and is asking for financial help. Two weeks after Roy was born, his mother noticed that his stomach was swollen and he was not passing stool. She rushed him to a nearby hospital for examination and Roy was urgently referred to another facility where he underwent a colostomy. His mother was informed that Roy was born with a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. The facility Roy was at stopped offering surgeries and so he was referred to our medical partner's care center Bethany Kids Hospital for surgery. Roy is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on September 16th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Roy's procedure and care. After his recovery, Roy will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Roy’s mother says, “I would like my child to grow up healthy as other kids so that I can be independent and provide for him.”

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