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Success! Sonita from Cambodia raised $925 to fund ear surgery so she can hear and communicate clearly.

Sonita
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$925
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$0
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Fully funded
Sonita's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2020.

Photo of Sonita post-operation

January 11, 2021

Sonita underwent ear surgery so she can hear and communicate clearly.

Sonita’s operation has improved her quality of life by eliminating her ear infection, as well as her ear discharge and discomfort. Removal of the cholesteatoma is important to prevent further damage, which could have resulted in permanent hearing loss.

She will have to keep her ear clear of any water until her ear heals. Ten days after surgery, surgeons removed the sterile gauze and made sure she was healing as expected. She will use ear drops and take antibiotics to prevent infection. The surgeons are looking forward to witnessing her progress further during her follow-up visit next month. She looks forward to returning to school and shared that would now like to be a nurse when she grows up.

Her parents were very thankful to all the staff for the operation for their daughter. Her mother shared her hope that Sonita’s ear infections will stop, her hearing will improve, and she and her husband can go to work every day without concern for her daughter’s disease.

Sonita's operation has improved her quality of life by eliminating her ear infection, as well as her ear discharge and discomfort. Removal o...

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December 9, 2020

Sonita is a four-year-old preschool student from Cambodia. She is the only child in her family, her parents are Khmer teachers. In her free time she enjoys playing with toys and reading books.

One year ago, Sonita had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Sonita experiences hearing loss, ear discharge, bad odor, and pain. It is difficult for her to communicate with others, and she often misses school due to the ear discharge.

Sonita traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On December 9th, 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 medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Sonita’s mother said, “I hope after surgery her ear pain will be gone, the discharge will finally stop, and her hearing will improve.”

Sonita is a four-year-old preschool student from Cambodia. She is the only child in her family, her parents are Khmer teachers. In her free ...

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Sonita's Timeline

  • December 9, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 9, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sonita 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.

  • December 10, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sonita's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sonita's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 11, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sonita's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

Treatment
Mastoidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $925 for Sonita'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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