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Success! Chamnan from Cambodia raised $487 to fund ear surgery so that he can hear well again.

Chamnan
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  • $487 raised, $0 to go
$487
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Chamnan's treatment was fully funded on November 17, 2022.

Photo of Chamnan post-operation

November 22, 2022

Chamnan underwent ear surgery so that he can hear well again.

Chamnan traveled six hours to our medical partner CSC to repair his ruptured tympanic membrane. Prior to surgery, he was not optimistic that his hearing could be fixed, but soon after surgery, he was thrilled that the pain and tinnitus were gone.

His hearing will slowly improve with time, and he hopes to improve his communication in his job and with others.

Chamnan said, “I am very grateful. After so many years of bad hearing, I feel that I have been given a new life. This will help me support my family financially, as I will be able to work easier. Thank you to everyone who helped pay for my surgery and the staff at the hospital.”

Chamnan traveled six hours to our medical partner CSC to repair his ruptured tympanic membrane. Prior to surgery, he was not optimistic that...

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June 2, 2022

Chamnan is a 34-year-old merchant. He is married and is the proud dad to two daughters. In his free time, he enjoys playing football.

About ten years ago, Chamnan had an ear infection that caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his right ear to perforate. As a result, Chamnan experiences ear discharge, pain, and ringing in his ear. It is difficult for him communicate clearly with others, which makes work difficult for him.

Fortunately, our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), is helping Chamnan receive treatment. On June 2nd, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure on his right ear, during which surgeons will close the perforation. Now, he needs help raising $487 to fund his procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

Chamnan shared, “I hope my ear discharge stops and my hearing finally improves.”

Chamnan is a 34-year-old merchant. He is married and is the proud dad to two daughters. In his free time, he enjoys playing football. Abo...

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Chamnan's Timeline

  • June 2, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 2, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chamnan 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 3, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chamnan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 17, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chamnan's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 22, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chamnan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

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