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Success! Krib from Cambodia raised $487 to fund ear surgery so she can hear and communicate clearly.

Krib
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  • $487 raised, $0 to go
$487
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Krib's treatment was fully funded on November 20, 2022.

Photo of Krib post-operation

December 1, 2022

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

After surgery, Krib remained in the hospital for several days and was given antibiotics and eardrops to aid in healing and decrease any risk of reinfection. After her ear heals in a couple of weeks, her hearing will improve, and she will no longer have frequent infections or ear discharge. This will improve her life because the infections and pain made it difficult for her to work and socialize with friends, which she shared was embarrassing for her.

Krib said: “I am relieved that my ear has been fixed and I will hear well again. This will help me communicate with my family and friends. I would like to say thank you to the doctors who fixed my ear and to those who helped to pay for my care.”

After surgery, Krib remained in the hospital for several days and was given antibiotics and eardrops to aid in healing and decrease any risk...

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June 6, 2022

Krib is a 48-year-old farmer who is married with two sons and one daughter. When not outside on the farm with her husband, Krib likes to keep her house clean and cook for her family.

On and off since she was young, Krib has experienced ear infections. These infections caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left side ear to perforate. Krib now feels ear and face pain with uncomfortable discharge and hearing loss. Krib has spent a lot of money at pharmacies for medications, but her symptoms have persisted. Krib now struggles to communicate with her family and shared that she feels embarrassed about her hearing loss.

Krib traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On June 6th, Krib will undergo a procedure in her ear where surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is raising $487 to fund this procedure, medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Krib’s husband shared, “I hope she stops having ear infections and her hearing will improve.”

Krib is a 48-year-old farmer who is married with two sons and one daughter. When not outside on the farm with her husband, Krib likes to ke...

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Krib's Timeline

  • June 6, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 6, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Krib 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.

  • June 9, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Krib's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 20, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Krib's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 1, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Krib's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $487 for Krib'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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