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Success! Sos from Cambodia raised $464 to fund a myringoplasty ear surgery.

Sos
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$464
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$0
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Fully funded
Sos's treatment was fully funded on April 10, 2021.

Photo of Sos post-operation

March 26, 2021

Sos underwent a myringoplasty ear surgery.

Sos had a successful myringoplasty operation and he is now recovering at home. He will need to avoid loud noises and prevent any water from entering his ear until it heals. He will also use ear drops every day for a week to prevent infection, and he is set to return in a few weeks for a follow-up appointment. Surgery has finally relieved Sos of his chronic ear infection and discomfort. His wife and daughter are extremely grateful to all who helped for his surgery.

Sos’s family shared, “After this surgery he is happier, he can go back to work, he feels better, and his ear infections will stop.”

Sos had a successful myringoplasty operation and he is now recovering at home. He will need to avoid loud noises and prevent any water from ...

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January 19, 2021

Sos is a 76-year-old vegetable farmer who, together with his wife, has three daughters and three sons. Sos and his wife enjoy tending the vegetables on their farm, and like to play with their grandson.

For the past year, Sos has had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his right ear ear to perforate. For this reason, Sos experiences hearing loss, pain and ear discharge. He cannot communicate clearly with others and is in chronic pain.

Sos traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On January 20th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his right 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.

Sos shared, “I hope that after surgery I will be better, with no more ear infection and discharge, and improved hearing.”

Sos is a 76-year-old vegetable farmer who, together with his wife, has three daughters and three sons. Sos and his wife enjoy tending the ve...

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Sos's Timeline

  • January 19, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 20, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sos 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.

  • January 21, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sos's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 26, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sos's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 10, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sos'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 Sos'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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