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Chamroeurn is 19-year-old taxi driver from Cambodia who needs $464 to fund myringoplasty surgery to restore his hearing.

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July 13, 2020

Chamroeurn is a 19-year-old taxi driver from Cambodia. He lives in Kampongcham province with his parents, who are farmers. He is the oldest of three siblings. In his free time he helps with the farming or goes to play soccer with his friends.

When he was a baby, Chamroeurn suffered an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his right ear ear to perforate. For this reason, Chamroeurn experiences hearing loss, tinnitus, ear discharge and pain. He has a difficult time communicating with others, which affects his work, and he has to deal with bouts of intense pain.

Chamroeurn traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On July 13, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his right ear 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.

Chamroeurn shared, “I always wish that I could speak more easily with others, and not feel this ear pain. This surgery will help me have a much better life.”

Chamroeurn is a 19-year-old taxi driver from Cambodia. He lives in Kampongcham province with his parents, who are farmers. He is the oldest ...

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Chamroeurn's Timeline

  • July 13, 2020

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

  • July 13, 2020

    Chamroeurn 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.

  • July 14, 2020

    Chamroeurn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 27, 2020

    Awaiting Chamroeurn's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.


    Chamroeurn is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
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On average, it costs $464 for Chamroeurn's treatment
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  • 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
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  • 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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Mpumwire is a farmer from Uganda. She was born into a family of eleven siblings, and they are all married and small-scale farmers. Mpumwire dropped out of school after she got pregnant and she had to remain home to take care of her child. When her child was grown to a certain age, Mpumwire took him to his father’s home. She later married another man and they had two children. When her husband decided to leave, she determined it was best for her to go to her parental home together with her children because she could no longer afford the rent. At home, Mpumwire earns a living through practicing small scale farming; she grows small gardens of onions, garlic, and other foods for their family to eat and to sell. Her mother at times supports her by paying the children’s school fees. Since two months ago, Mpumwire has been experiencing persistent severe lower abdominal pain, abnormal discharge, and prolonged mensuration. She has been diagnosed with multiple uterine myomas. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Mpumwire's surgery. On May 19th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Mpumwire will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Mpumwire says: “I hope to get better after surgery and to continue with farming because my children are still young and need my care.”

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