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Success! Samorn from Cambodia raised $464 to fund myringoplasty ear surgery so she can communicate with others.

Samorn
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$464
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Fully funded
Samorn's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2020.

Photo of Samorn post-operation

January 3, 2021

Samorn underwent myringoplasty ear surgery so she can communicate with others.

Samorn’s procedure went really well! She has been discharged home from the hospital with medication, and she will return for a follow-up appointment after six weeks. She is feeling relieved to no longer have pain or tinnitus in her ear, and once she has recovered she will have improved hearing.

Samorn shared with us: “I am very happy that I can hear better and communicate with relatives and neighbors much better. I hope I can recover soon and talk with them.”

Samorn's procedure went really well! She has been discharged home from the hospital with medication, and she will return for a follow-up app...

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September 29, 2020

Samorn is a 35-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She is married and has one son and one daughter. Her husband is also a rice farmer. Samorn enjoys spending time with her kids and watching movies together.

When she was around seven years old, Samorn had a serious ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Samorn experiences pain, discharge, tinnitus, and hearing loss. She cannot communicate clearly with others.

Samorn traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On September 29th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her 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.

Samorn said, “I hope this surgery can fix my ear so I won’t need to continue spending money at the pharmacy for ear drops and other medicines that have not helped me heal permanently. My husband is worried about my headaches and my hearing loss, and we hope this surgery will finally help me.”

Samorn is a 35-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She is married and has one son and one daughter. Her husband is also a rice farmer. Samor...

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Samorn's Timeline

  • September 29, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 29, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Samorn 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.

  • September 30, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Samorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 31, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Samorn's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 3, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Samorn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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

Sarafina is a small scale farmer and a mother of six, with five living children. She shared with us that she attended school up to the first grade when she was young and since has farmed, while her husband is a retired soldier. They own a three-room semi-permanent house for shelter. Their oldest child is now 45 years old and dropped out of school due to mental illness while their youngest recently got married. Sarafina receives a little support from her children and relies on her farm produce to meet her daily needs. For two years, Sarafina has been experiencing lower abdominal pains along with itchy arms. She used herbal medication for the itching but she never got relief. She visited Rugarama Hospital and the scan showed uterine fibroids. Sarafina has stopped farming because she can no longer bend down, and has had to miss some follow-up appointments due to limited funds. Her symptoms have worsened and she has been diagnosed with large uterine leiomyoma. An exam revealed a cervical mass highly suspicious of cervical cancer. If not treated, Sarafina could develop chronic pelvic pain and there is a risk of cancer spreading, poor quality of life due to chronic pain and organ failure. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus, but her family cannot afford the surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $319 to fund Sarafina's surgery. On September 4th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Sarafina will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Sarafina says, “I pray that I may be considered for treatment because I am in severe pain and my condition could get worse. I hope to be normal again so that I may get back to farming and taking care of my family.”

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$141raised
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