Liheng is a ten-year-old boy from Cambodia. His favorite subjects in school are Khmer and English, and he wants to be a teacher when he grows up.
One year ago, Liheng had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Liheng experiences hearing loss, ear discharge, tinnitus, and headaches. It is often difficult for him to hear while he is in the classroom and he finds it difficult to focus in school.
Liheng traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On June 4, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.
His mother says, “I hope that after surgery, my son will be able to hear clearly and will no longer have any chronic ear infections.”