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Success! Sokhim from Cambodia raised $423 to fund ear surgery.

Sokhim
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$423
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Sokhim's treatment was fully funded on August 6, 2019.

Photo of Sokhim post-operation

May 3, 2019

Sokhim underwent ear surgery.

Sokhim’s operation went well. Surgery will improve her quality of life by eliminating ear discharge and discomfort. Surgery is also important to ensure she does not suffer from hearing loss. She feels happy that she can return to her daily activities without any difficulties.

She says, “I am so happy that my surgery was successful and I am now able to hear clearly and the infection has stopped.”

Sokhim's operation went well. Surgery will improve her quality of life by eliminating ear discharge and discomfort. Surgery is also importan...

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May 1, 2019

Sokhim is a 36-year-old mother of two from Cambodia. In her free time, she enjoys doing housework and taking care of her flower garden.

Three years ago, Sokhim had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Sokhim experiences discharge, tinnitus, pain, itchiness, and hearing loss. She is not able to find work because she is unable to hear and has difficulty communicating properly with others.

Sokhim traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On May 1, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

She says, “I hope that after my surgery, my ear ear infections will stop and I will be able to hear clearly again.”

Sokhim is a 36-year-old mother of two from Cambodia. In her free time, she enjoys doing housework and taking care of her flower garden. T...

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Sokhim's Timeline

  • May 1, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sokhim was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • May 01, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sokhim 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.

  • May 03, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sokhim's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 03, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sokhim's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 06, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sokhim's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $423 for Sokhim's treatment
Hospital Fees
$78
Medical Staff
$344
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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