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Success! Kim Sour from Cambodia raised $464 to fund ear surgery so she can hear better.

Kim Sour
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$464
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Fully funded
Kim Sour's treatment was fully funded on January 10, 2021.

Photo of Kim Sour post-operation

October 26, 2020

Kim Sour underwent ear surgery so she can hear better.

Kim Sour’s procedure was successful! She has been discharged home with medicated ear drops and antibiotics to prevent infection. A six-week follow-up appointment has been scheduled for an audiogram to check on her healing. Once she has fully recovered, she will have improved hearing and will no longer experience any infection or discharge.

Her husband shared, “With this help from CSC, my wife can finally hear well and talk with our family with no problems. We are all very happy and thankful.”

Kim Sour's procedure was successful! She has been discharged home with medicated ear drops and antibiotics to prevent infection. A six-week ...

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September 1, 2020

Kim Sour is a 32-year-old factory worker, from Cambodia. She is married with one daughter and two sons. Kim Sour’s husband is a fisherman. When she is not at work, she helps her children at home and prepares food for their family.

Six years ago she began experiencing ear discharge. In the past few years she has experienced ringing in her ear and hearing loss as well. Kim Sour had an ear infection and this infection caused her tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear ear to perforate. Her husband feels very worried about his wife’s pain and hearing loss.

Kim Sour traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On September 1st, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her 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.

She said, “I hope that this surgery can improve my hearing and make my ear pain stop.”

Kim Sour is a 32-year-old factory worker, from Cambodia. She is married with one daughter and two sons. Kim Sour's husband is a fisherman. W...

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Kim Sour's Timeline

  • September 1, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 01, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kim Sour 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.

  • September 02, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kim Sour's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 26, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kim Sour's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 10, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kim Sour's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $464 for Kim Sour'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.