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Success! Neat from Cambodia raised $487 to fund ear surgery.

Neat
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  • $487 raised, $0 to go
$487
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Neat's treatment was fully funded on October 11, 2022.

Photo of Neat post-operation

October 18, 2022

Neat underwent ear surgery.

Neat traveled six hours to Children’s Surgical Centre for treatment of his hearing loss and accompanying symptoms. Although it may be several months before Neat’s hearing is back to normal, the surgery will change his life because he will not miss any more work and will be able to communicate better with colleagues and his family.

Neat said: “I felt poorly and was embarrassed because I could not hear at work or at home. Now I can work in construction again to support my family and make sure they are taken care of. I am glad the fever and ringing in my ear will go away. I’d like to say thank you to everyone who supported me to have my ear repaired.”

Neat traveled six hours to Children's Surgical Centre for treatment of his hearing loss and accompanying symptoms. Although it may be severa...

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May 5, 2022

Neat is a 41-year old-construction worker, who is married and has a nine-year-old daughter who is in 1st grade. Neat’s wife is also a construction worker, and when Neat has free time, he repairs motorcycles to earn more money.

In 2021, Neat developed an ear infection, which caused the ear drum in his right ear to perforate. As a result, Neat now experiences ear pain, hearing loss, tinnitus, discharge, and headaches, and he cannot hear clearly when he is at work.

Neat traveled to Children’s Surgical Centre hoping to receive treatment. On May 5th, he will undergo a procedure on his right ear, during which surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $487 to fund this procedure. This will cover medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Neat says: “I hope my ear heals so the infection stops and I can hear well again.”

Neat is a 41-year old-construction worker, who is married and has a nine-year-old daughter who is in 1st grade. Neat's wife is also a constr...

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Neat's Timeline

  • May 5, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 5, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Neat 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.

  • May 5, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Neat's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 11, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Neat's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 18, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Neat'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 $487 for Neat's treatment
Hospital Fees
$61
Medical Staff
$375
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • 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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