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Success! Darong from Cambodia raised $913 to fund myringoplastly surgery.

Darong
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$913
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Fully funded
Darong's treatment was fully funded on January 3, 2021.

Photo of Darong post-operation

January 4, 2021

Darong underwent myringoplastly surgery so he can hear well.

Darong and his family traveled four hours to our medical partner CSC where ENT surgeons performed a tympanoplasty to repair his damaged eardrum and restore his hearing. His family is very happy he will now be able to hear, as his school studies were suffering from constant ear infections. After a course of ear drops, he will be able to hear normally and improve his communication with friends and family. He’s excited to play football with his friends and return to school without constant pain.

Darong shared, “I am happy after surgery was successful and hope my life will be better if it stops my ear infections and my hearing is now normal.”

Darong and his family traveled four hours to our medical partner CSC where ENT surgeons performed a tympanoplasty to repair his damaged eard...

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November 30, 2020

Darong is an 11-year-old 4th grade student from Cambodia. Darong has two siblings and his parents work in Thailand. As we got to know Darong, he shared with us that his favorite subjects in school are Khmer, math, and English. His favorite foods are fried meat, sausage soup, and juice or milk. When he is not studying, Darong enjoys playing football, reading books, and playing games. When he grows up he wants to be a doctor.

Nine years ago, Darong had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in both ears to perforate. For this reason, Darong experiences damaged hearing, tinnitus, ear discharge, and pain. He cannot communicate clearly with others, making his studies difficult.

Darong traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On November 30th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforations. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $913 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Darong’s aunt shared, “We are worried about him because it is hard for him to have conversations and he is in pain.”

Darong is an 11-year-old 4th grade student from Cambodia. Darong has two siblings and his parents work in Thailand. As we got to know Darong...

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Darong's Timeline

  • November 30, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 30, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Darong 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.

  • December 1, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Darong's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 3, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Darong's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 4, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Darong's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 22 donors

Funded by 22 donors

Treatment
Bilateral Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $913 for Darong's treatment
Hospital Fees
$141
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 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?

The 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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