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Success! Samphors from Cambodia raised $464 to fund myringoplasty surgery to restore her hearing.

Samphors
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$464
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$0
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Fully funded
Samphors's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2020.

Photo of Samphors post-operation

October 16, 2020

Samphors underwent myringoplasty surgery to restore her hearing.

Samphors’ procedure was successful. She has been discharged with medicated drops for her ear, and a six-week followup appointment has been scheduled for an audiogram. Once she has fully recovered, Samphors will have improved hearing, and will no longer experience tinnitus, discharge, or other discomforts. She will no longer have to spend money on medications.

Samphors said, “I am so happy that I can work in peace and not feel any pain or tinnitus. I will be able to hear my son when he calls for me.”

Samphors' procedure was successful. She has been discharged with medicated drops for her ear, and a six-week followup appointment has been s...

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August 6, 2020

Samphors is a 27 years business woman from Cambodia. She and her husband have been married for four years and have one son. They work together on their business, selling drinks, and take turns looking after their son. Samphors likes riding her bike, cooking for her family, and tailoring fun outfits for her son.

In 2018, Samphors had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Samphors experiences hearing loss, tinnitus, discharge, and constant mild pain. She cannot communicate clearly with others, and must take time to clean the discharge every other day.

Samphors traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On August 6th, 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 $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Samphors shared, “I hope that after this surgery I can stop spending money on medicines and get rid of my ear pain and discharge, so I can live comfortably with my family and enjoy life.”

Samphors is a 27 years business woman from Cambodia. She and her husband have been married for four years and have one son. They work togeth...

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Samphors's Timeline

  • August 6, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Samphors was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • August 06, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Samphors received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • August 07, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Samphors's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 16, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Samphors's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 01, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Samphors's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

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