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Success! Srey Pich from Cambodia raised $925 to fund a mastoidectomy to treat her ear problems.

Srey Pich
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$925
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Fully funded
Srey Pich's treatment was fully funded on February 13, 2021.

Photo of Srey Pich post-operation

February 26, 2021

Srey Pich underwent a mastoidectomy to treat her ear problems.

Srey Pich will no longer have to suffer with the pain and discharge from her ear after her successful surgery at our medical partner CSC. Her parents are helping her with ear drops and her recovery is progressing without problems. She looks forward to returning to school and talking with her friends and family without difficulty.

Her parents said: “We are really thankful to the staff that did this surgery for our daughter, we have seen improvement in her hearing and her ear infections have stopped. She has become a happy girl!”

Srey Pich will no longer have to suffer with the pain and discharge from her ear after her successful surgery at our medical partner CSC. He...

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February 1, 2021

Srey Pich is a 6-year-old student in the first grade. She has two siblings. Srey Pich’s father is a construction worker, and her mother is a factory worker. Some of her favorite foods are fried vegetables, traditional Khmer soup, and coconut milk. In her free time, Srey Pich loves painting and drawing pictures.

Five months ago, Srey Pitch got a high fever after bathing in the river with her friend, and developed an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. As a result, Srey Pich experiences foul-smelling ear discharge, tinnitus, and hearing loss. It is difficult for her to hear sounds or communicate with anyone around her.

Srey Pich traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On February 1st, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $925 to fund this procedure. This covers Srey Pich’s medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Her family shared, “We hope that this procedure will improve her hearing and stop her ear discharge. She loves going to school, and nowadays is often sick and must stay home.”

Srey Pich is a 6-year-old student in the first grade. She has two siblings. Srey Pich's father is a construction worker, and her mother is a...

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Srey Pich's Timeline

  • February 1, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 1, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Srey Pich 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.

  • February 2, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Srey Pich's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 13, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Srey Pich's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 26, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Srey Pich's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Mastoidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $925 for Srey Pich's treatment
Hospital Fees
$153
Medical Staff
$771
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 mastoidectomy is a surgical procedure that removes diseased mastoid air cells. A patient who needs a mastoidectomy will experience hearing loss, chronic ear infections, and possibly cholesteatoma—an abnormal skin growth in the middle ear. Cholesteatomas cause hearing loss and ear discharge. The cholesteatoma will erode bones in the middle ear and can eventually expose the brain and cause death in complicated, untreated cases.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients live with hearing loss and chronic ear infections.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Treated incorrectly or left untreated, an infected mastoid bone can cause hearing loss, persistent ear discharge, meningitis, temporary dizziness, and temporary loss of taste. Due to poor hygiene and limited education in rural Cambodia, patients are likely to experience complications and receive the incorrect treatment.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

A mastoidectomy is performed with the patient asleep under general anesthesia. Surgeons will perform one of several different types of mastoidectomy, depending on the amount of infection present. These include: • Simple (or closed) mastoidectomy: The operation is performed through the ear or through an incision behind the ear. The surgeon opens the mastoid bone and removes the infected air cells. The eardrum is incised to drain the middle ear. Topical antibiotics are placed in the ear. • Radical mastoidectomy: This procedure removes the most bone and is usually performed for extensive spread of a cholesteatoma. The eardrum and middle ear structures may be completely removed. Usually the stapes, the "stirrup"-shaped bone, is spared to preserve some hearing. • Modified radical mastoidectomy: In this procedure, some middle ear bones are left in place, and the eardrum is rebuilt by tympanoplasty. After surgery, the wound is stitched up around a drainage tube, and a dressing is applied.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

This treatment will relieve chronic ear infections, hearing loss, and other symptoms caused by the infected mastoid bone.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This treatment is highly effective, but it poses risks if performed by an inexperienced surgeon. The operation is near the facial nerve and the brain, so surgeons must be careful when operating. At Children's Surgical Centre, ENT surgeons only operate on cases about which they feel confident.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Care for this condition is not easily accessible in Phnom Penh. Only one other hospital performs ENT surgery, but care at that hospital is expensive. The ENT surgeons at our medical partner have a proven record of successful cases.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Once the infection stops responding to antibiotics, surgery is the only option.

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